Nuance and BYD Unveil Voice-Enabled In-Car Systems in China

  Nuance and BYD Unveil Voice-Enabled In-Car Systems in China

  BYD Showcases New Si-Rui Sedan Featuring Nuance Voice Recognition at 2013
   Shanghai Auto Show; Smarter, Safer Command and Control for Radio, Music,
                            Navigation and Climate

Business Wire

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- April 23, 2013

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and BYD together announced that
Nuance’s automotive voice technologies will power new line of BYD sedan
vehicles, branded Si-Rui. BYD is one of China’s leading domestic automotive
manufacturers. BYD demonstrated the model and its advanced in-car navigation
at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show on April 19^th, 2013.

According to data from IHS Global Insight, Chinese consumers are increasingly
demanding sophisticated in-car infotainment features. Today, over 95 percent
of new vehicles are equipped with audio systems and the adoption of navigation
systems is expected to grow up to 25 percent or over seven million cars in
2017. To meet this consumer demand, BYD’s new infotainment system integrates
Nuance’s voice recognition technology supporting Mandarin Chinese for a
smarter, safer in-car experience.

The voice-enabled in-car applications of BYD’s Si-Rui sedan will include
command and control for the radio, TV and DVD player, media player and
navigation system. For example, people can say:

  *“Play radio,” “play news channel,” or “full screen,” when choosing to
    change from DVD mode;
  *“Play next song,” when you want to skip to the next song; or,
  *“Search gas station” and the system will take you to the nearest gas
    station.

“BYD sits at the forefront of advancements in innovative automotive IT and
infotainment within the domestic Chinese automotive market. By leveraging
Nuance’s advanced voice technology for our next-generation infotainment
systems, we will be able to bring the broad consumer market in China intuitive
conversational experiences powered by voice,” said Ruzhong Luo, chief engineer
of the 15th Business Division of BYD Auto Industry Company Limited.

“The breadth, flexibility and the performance behind Nuance’s voice technology
is an organic extension of BYD’s mission for continuous automotive innovation
in the Chinese market,” said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager,
automotive, Nuance Mobile. “Our collaboration with BYD further demonstrates
our commitment to bringing humanized and compelling mobile experiences powered
by voice to consumers across China.”

Nuance’s automotive voice technology integrated as part of the Si-Rui in-car
system is part of Nuance’s broad portfolio of embedded and connected voice
recognition and text-to-speech supporting Mandarin Chinese and Taiwan
Mandarin. Globally, Nuance’s technology are humanizing the way people engage
their phones, tablets, TVs, cars and computers – just by using their voice.

About BYD

BYD was established in 1995 and now encompasses IT, Automotive and New Energy
industries. BYD is the world's largest manufacturer of batteries with mass
production of Nickel batteries and mobile phone batteries. In 2003 BYD moved
from IT into the automotive industry and quickly became the fastest growing
Chinese domestic car manufacturer with leading edge electric car technology.
BYD has developed and created solar charging stations, energy storage stations
and pure electric vehicles which are leading towards a new revolution in the
new energy industry. Currently BYD has established production facilities in
Guangdong, Beijing, Shanxi, Shanghai, and Chandsha as well as offices in
America, Europe, Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan and Hong Kong. BYD currently has
over 180,000 employees both in China and internationally. BYD is listed on the
Hong Kong stock exchange with two companies, BYD Share Holdings and BYD
Electronics (1211.HK and 0285.HK), in July 2011 BYD returned to the A stock
market.

BYD is continuing to work on its "Build Your Dreams" belief with BYD employees
striving toward to make the belief into a reality.

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 and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance
Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America
and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:

Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com
 
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