Nuance and AutoNavi Announce Collaboration to Lead New Era of Voice-Enabled
Navigation Services in China
Nuance and AutoNavi Partner to Bring Voice-Enabled Navigation Solutions to
Automotive Manufacturers and Navigation Device Providers
BURLINGTON, Mass. & BEIJING -- April 17, 2013
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced its strategic
collaboration with AutoNavi (NASDAQ: AMAP), a leading provider of digital map
content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, to bring more
intuitive voice-enabled navigation capabilities to the Chinese market.
Specifically, the two companies will collaborate on the voice-enabled
navigation product AutoNavi Map that will be made available in the second
quarter of 2013 to the world’s automotive and navigation device manufacturers
developing navigation offerings supporting Chinese languages.
As a result of its collaboration with Nuance, AutoNavi will be able to deeply
integrate voice data to their core navigation data and further optimize the
user experience for its map navigation products shipping in China, as well as
meet the localization demands of global automotive manufacturers in the China
market. AutoNavi will rely on Nuance’s voice technologies to provide more
accurate voice recognition and text-to-speech.
As China’s leading digital map data provider for in-car navigation, AutoNavi
has developed acomprehensive nationwide, high quality and dynamic digital map
database. Currently, AutoNavi is providing navigation data products and
services to more than 100 models of domestic and foreign auto brands and
navigation application software to mainstream automotive manufacturers. Along
with the scalability of its digital map data and location-based service,
AutoNavi has also developed two core mobile map apps, Amap and aNav, which
have both maintained a number-one market position in China Mobile map and
navigation market. At the beginning of 2013, AutoNavi announced that its free
mobile map application—Amap has surpassed 100 million users, further
demonstrating its distinct advantage and leadership position.
“With the rapidly expanding automotive market in China, navigation innovation
is incredibly important – it must be up to date and accurate, as well as
intuitive to use behind the wheel,” said Yongqi Yang, AutoNavi Executive Vice
President of Automotive Business. “Nuance’s automotive voice expertise and
technologies deeply integrated as part of our core navigation and map data
will enable us to quickly innovate voice-enabled navigation services that
automotive manufacturers and navigation device providers can then bring to
market as part of a safer, smarter in-car experience in China.”
“The world’s automotive and navigation device manufacturers need access to
dynamic map data – particularly in countries such as China where
infrastructure and the number of cars on the road continues to expand,” said
Daniel Cheng, General Manager of Greater China Region, Nuance Communications.
“Through our collaboration with AutoNavi, manufacturers will be able to offer
an incredibly intuitive voice-enabled navigation experience that keeps Chinese
drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
AutoNavi Holdings Limited is a leading provider of digital map content and
navigation and location-based solutions in China. At the core of its business
is a comprehensive nationwide digital map database that covers approximately
3.6 million kilometers of roadway and over 20 million points of interest
across China. Through its digital map database and proprietary technology
platform, AutoNavi provides comprehensive, integrated navigation and
location-based solutions optimized for the Chinese market and users, including
automotive navigation solutions, mobile location-based solutions and Internet
location-based solutions, and public sector and enterprise applications. For
more information on AutoNavi, please visit http://www.autonavi.com.
About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language
solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies,
applications and services make the user experience more compelling by
transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day,
millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven
applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.
Nuance Communications, Inc.
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