Throw Your Maps Away: Nuance Mobile and TeleNav Deliver Speech-Enabled GPS Navigation to Mobile Phones
TeleNav Selects Nuance to Provide Mobile Speech Platform for Mobile Device-Based Navigation Service
CTIA Wireless 2008, Las Vegas, April 2, 2008 - Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today announced that TeleNav, Inc. has selected Nuance Mobile to speech-enable its mobile device-based navigation service.
Using the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform on select devices, TeleNav now provides the ability to enter destinations for driving directions and business category searches by voice, so that subscribers no longer need to use a telephone keypad. Users can simply state the destination address, or select from a database of more than 10 million points of interest by stating a category, such as “pharmacy,” or by stating a specific business name, such as “Walgreens.”
Mobile users can conveniently access TeleNav GPS Navigator on a device they already carry with them and receive information in real-time based on their current location. Voice destination entry, which makes navigation services easier to use on mobile phones, has the ability to significantly enhance an already fast-growing market for mobile navigation. Industry analyst firm, In-Stat predicts that the total number of mapping and navigation mobile phone subscribers could exceed 70 million worldwide by 2012.
“We have worked with Nuance since the launch of the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform last year to determine the best application of speech technologies to improve the ease of use of our market-leading navigation solutions,” said Hassan S. Wahla, senior director, business development, TeleNav. “Nuance offers not only the industry’s leading technology, but also a proven history of delivering speech-enabled navigation services that improve the overall user experience. We believe the speech interface offers us a clear differentiation in the marketplace and will enhance our relationships with carriers as increased use of our service drives higher ARPU.”
“Nuance pioneered the use of speech technology to conduct information searches, and the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform leverages the speech technology and expertise we’ve gained as the leading provider of automated directory assistance deployments to give consumers faster and easier access to the information they need,” said Michael Thompson, vice president and general manager, mobile search, communications and handsets, Nuance. “As with many mobile applications, widespread consumer adoption of navigation services requires a more efficient user interface, such as speech. Nuance speech solutions enable TeleNav to offer a more natural and intuitive user interface for subscribers to drive further adoption and usage.”
TeleNav, Inc., a privately-held company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, was the first to launch a cell phone GPS system in the United States. Deployed by 15 carriers in 21 countries, TeleNav is a global leader in wireless location-based services (LBS). Currently, the company’s solutions are available in four continents, including North and South America, Asia and Europe.
TeleNav’s solutions include GPS navigation, Mobile Resource Management (MRM), asset GPS tracking (AVL), social networking and local search. The company’s flagship product, TeleNav GPS Navigator™, is comparable to in-car systems found in luxury vehicles, offering a superior experience with functionality, such as automatically-updated maps and business locations, full color 3D moving maps, traffic alerts and one-click rerouting, location-sharing, business reviews, speech recognition, Wi-Fi hotspot finder, lowest-price fuel finder and more. TeleNav’s enterprise application, TeleNav Track, incorporates GPS-enabled tracking, time sheets, wireless forms and navigation. TeleNav Track is a widely adopted service with over 8,000 customer organizations using it today.
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