Nuance Announces Automotive Software Unit
Nuance Communications, Inc. announced its intention to spin off its automotive business segment into a new, independent, publicly traded company known as Nuance Auto. The standalone entity will be a pure-play, next-generation automotive software company.
The automotive industry is evolving rapidly as new technologies transform the passenger experience through shared mobility, connectivity and enhanced driver assistance. Nuance provides voice recognition and cognitive assistants for car infotainment and communication systems and delivers critical enabling technology to help realize the future of mobility. Becoming an independent, publicly traded company represents an important step in Nuance Auto’s growth and the continued development of its conversational AI platform.
Nuance specializes in conversational AI technologies that help automotive manufacturers deliver connected and personalized experiences for drivers and passengers. The business creates conversational experiences for virtually every automotive manufacturer, including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, GM, Hyundai, SAIC and Toyota. Nuance Auto products ship in more than 50 million new cars each year and can be found today in more than 200 million cars, with voice commands recognized in more than 40 languages.
Nuance intends to appoint an independent management team and nominate members to a separate board of directors for Nuance Auto before the transaction is completed. Nuance expects the business will be headquartered in Boston and maintain a significant presence in Montreal and Aachen, Germany, among other global locations.
The spin-off is subject to numerous conditions, including, without limitation, final approval of the Nuance board of directors; the effectiveness of a Registration Statement on Form 10; and, the approved listing of Nuance Auto’s common stock on a national securities exchange selected by Nuance. Pursuant to the spin-off, Nuance plans to distribute shares of Nuance Auto common stock as a tax-free dividend to holders of Nuance common stock as of a record date to be determined by the board of directors of Nuance. The spin-off will not require a vote of Nuance shareholders.
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