But Arbo’s capabilities are not just limited to making recommendations. There’s also Arbo Hub, a singular platform where all of Arbo’s learnings culminate. Besides keeping the weather up to date thanks to Accuweather integration, you also get a news-feed based on your reading habits. Arbo hub takes things even further by integrating cricket scores, though you have the option to turn it off in case you’re not into Cricket. Probably the most favourite feature of the hub is the ability to offer comparative pricing for both Ola and Uber rides and then booking the cheaper option. For those who rely heavily on these app-based cab hailing services, this integration can be a serious boon. Another very India-specific feature of Arbo Hub is its integration with Railways, allowing you to see train schedules, create and manage bookings. No longer are you forced to jump through hoops or go to multiple websites to find out train schedules or book a train. It’s all integrated directly into Arbo Hub, a very intelligent move by Panasonic showing its seriousness about the Indian market.
As Arbo is a self-learning AI, which continues to become better as you use it, Panasonic is also aiding in its growth by giving it newer abilities with time. The next iteration of the Arbo Hub platform will see the integration of live TV and music. What is also expected is the ability to discover and order food. Panasonic is also working on simplifying buying things online by integrating deals, along with the ability to compare products across various e-commerce portals so that you can buy what you need at the cheapest price possible.
Arbo is a great example of how a digital assistant should be, one who takes an active role in simplifying your digital life, not a passive one. This is what sets it miles apart from other digital assistants.