Many vehicle components that are sourced from OEMs offer interactive capabilities that enable users to control them using mechanisms such as a voice-based virtual assistant via a spoken command. However, users typically lack awareness of the existence of the commands, thus failing to use them despite their availability. Mechanisms for facilitating proactive and contextually opportune discovery of interactive control options are typically limited to first party components. This disclosure describes techniques that enable OEMs to facilitate user discovery of their custom interactive capabilities by registering the commands and associated metadata with the vehicle platform. With user permission, local contextual information is analyzed to provide suggestions for OEM commands at opportune times based on triggering rules. OEMs can contribute to defining the triggering rules. The user can issue the command in any convenient manner, such as tapping or speaking which is then executed on the OEM component. The proactive and contextually relevant assistance can make the driving experience safer and more comfortable while enhancing the knowledge of vehicle capabilities and how they can be controlled through a virtual assistant.
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Aggarwal, Ankur; Devpura, Priyank; Singhal, Amit; Lin, Yao; Mayle, Douglas; Dubey, Chandan; and Adaykin, Andrey, "Contextual Proactive Suggestions for Custom Commands for Vehicle Components", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 15, 2022)