SoundHound Adds Uber and Yelp as Houndify Partners

SoundHound, a provider of sound recognition and voice search technologies, today announced new data partnerships with Uber and Yelp. Data from those two service providers will now be accessible to developers using SoundHound's Houndify platform to provide users with the information and actions they want.

Houndify, which launched in December, enables developers to add voice-enabled conversational intelligence to any app or product.

"We're thrilled to include partners like Uber and Yelp in our Houndify platform, which gives developers unprecedented abilities to add a natural, conversational voice interface to anything," said Keyvan Mohajer, co-founder and CEO of SoundHound, in a statement. "Now Houndify developers have the tools to create experiences that enable voice interfaces for finding the best restaurant and booking an Uber to get there."

The Uber domain is now accessible for all developers using Houndify and enables them to access Uber data and initiate booking. This enables developers to incorporate Uber ride requests into their own product experiences, including asking fare and distance information, hands-free.

"I'm a huge believer in voice interfaces, so it's exciting to have Uber capabilities baked into the Houndify platform. I can't wait to see how developers use this in their apps" said Chris Saad, head of product for the Uber Developer Platform, in a statement.

Yelp announced the Houndify partnership as part of its new Yelp Fusion developer program, which includes more tools for developers to build with the new Yelp Fusion API and Yelp data, plus a revamped developer portal. With the Yelp domain now live and publicly accessible within the Houndify platform, developers can access Yelp data and create voice-enabled experiences for local search.

"We're excited to expand our partnership with SoundHound and bring Houndify on as a Yelp Fusion developer partner," Chad Richard, senior vice president of business and corporate development at Yelp, said in a statement. "By integrating the Yelp Fusion API into Houndify, developers can not only build amazing conversational interfaces into their products, but they'll also have the best local data available. This partnership helps us further Yelp's mission of making local content and data accessible to consumers in more places and encouraging innovation in the developer world."

Other partners in the Houndify program include Expedia.com, AccuWeather, Sportradar, Xignite, FlightStats, and Open Exchange Rates.

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