ZTE Adds Nuance Speech Technologies to In-Car Mobile Apps

Nuance Communications and ZTE yesterday announced an all new ZTE Car Mode application for ZTE Android devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The application is the result of the two companies' collaboration to bring advanced voice applications to ZTE Android devices worldwide.

ZTE has already integrated Nuance's voice recognition technology to create an eyes-free, hands-free mobile app for drivers with ZTE smartphones. Now, ZTE is integrating Nuance's voice biometrics technology for screen unlock. With each user's unique voiceprint, ZTE smartphones will access the general mode or child mode instantly.

ZTE is also launching voice-enabled navigation search and music barge-in optimized for ZTE handsets within an automotive environment.

"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," said Zeng Xuezhong, executive vice president and head of mobile devices at ZTE, in a statement.

"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," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "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."

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