Nuance, ZTE announce new car mode application with voice biometrics

January 13, 2014 - 

Nuance Communications along with ZTE, have announced a new car mode application for ZTE Android devices, which heavily features voice biometrics.

According to the companies, ZTE has already integrated Nuance voice recognition for drivers, but what’s new is the integration for screen unlock, which means drivers can really make using their phones while driving a hands-free experience.

At the same time, ZTE is also launching voice-enabled navigation search and music barge-in optimized for ZTE handsets within an automotive environment. According to the company, the car mode’s music barge-in feature allows people to interrupt the system with spoken commands. People can say “Pause,” “Stop,” “Play next song” or “Play previous song” while music is playing to control their music experience – hands-free and eyes-free to minimize distraction behind the wheel.

“Voice biometrics, natural language navigation and music barge-in are breakthroughs in handset-based telematics, giving people the connectivity they expect as part of a mobile lifestyle, while minimizing dangerous in-car distractions. Nuance’s advanced voice technology provides us with diversified and innovative speech capabilities for our mobile devices, giving users truly intelligent, safe and great mobile experiences,” Zeng Xuezhong, executive vice president and head of Mobile Devices of ZTE said.

Reported previously, Nuance recently announced that its Dragon TV platform now includes voice biometrics for TVs, set-top boxes and second screen applications.

“Working with ZTE, we are transforming the in-car smartphone experience to bring consumers an incredibly intelligent and convenient way to stay connected, informed and entertained behind the wheel,” Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile said. “Combing voice biometrics with our voice technologies optimized for the in-car environment results in a smarter, safer – and better – mobile experience for ZTE consumers.”

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn recently boosted his holding of Nuance Communications, with the purchase of an additional 50,900 shares.

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