Nuance Unveils VoCon Navigation

Nuance is working to make it easier for electronics manufacturers and app developers to integrate voice recognition capabilities into their devices. Recently, the company announced a new pre-packaged app that will provide PND manufacturers and mobile navigation developers the tools they need to provide voice-enabled navigation in their products. With Nuance's VoCon Navigation, users will get many popular navigational features such as Nuance's One-Shot Destination Entry, text-to-speech capabilities, dialog flow, broad language support, and more.

Nuance Unveils VoCon Navigation for Personal Navigation Devices and Mobile Navigation Apps

New Pre-Packaged App Module Enables Quick and Easy Integration of Nuance’s Embedded One-Shot Voice Capabilities and Text-to-Speech

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced VoCon Navigation, a ready-to-integrate pre-packaged voice application module for embedded one-shot destination entry, making it even easier and faster for personal navigation device (PND) manufacturers and mobile navigation application developers to bring voice-enabled navigation innovations to market. VoCon Navigation features the same Nuance One-Shot Destination Entry capabilities that have been deployed by the world’s leading auto manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Ford and Mercedes-Benz.

An extension of Nuance’s broader automotive speech portfolio, VoCon Navigation is an innovative plug-and-play module that gives PND manufacturers and mobile navigation app developers the ability to take advantage of Nuance’s advances in embedded natural language understanding technology, allowing drivers to speak a navigation address in just a single command. They can simply say, “6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California,” and within seconds have the route calculate before heading off to their destination – no step-by-step address confirmation needed. VoCon Navigation also features partial street name entry – so even if drivers simply say “6801 Hollywood,” they will still be prompted for Hollywood Boulevard.

In addition to the one-shot destination voice recognition capabilities, VoCon Navigation provides a complete set of grammars, text-to-speech capabilities, dialog flow and links to the graphical user interface. And with Nuance’s platform flexibility and broad language support, navigation manufacturers and developers can deliver sophisticated, innovative voice-enabled navigation solutions for a variety of countries and regions.

“With the incredible demand for voice-enabled navigation devices and applications, developers and manufacturers require trusted and proven plug-and-play technology that enables them to bring voice innovations to market faster,” said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, Nuance Automotive. “We designed VoCon Navigation with this mind, providing PND manufacturers and mobile app developers with a complete, easy-to-integrate one-shot voice offering that brings our advances in natural language understanding to more consumers, platforms and devices worldwide.”


VoCon Navigation is available today for personal navigation device manufacturers and mobile navigation application developers, supporting a variety of mobile platforms and languages.

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