Nuance acquires SVOX for in-car voice technology

Summary:Nuance acquired SVOX, a company that makes voice systems for in-car entertainment and consumer electronics.

Nuance on Thursday acquired SVOX, a company that makes voice systems for in-car entertainment and consumer electronics.

The purchase will bolster Nuance's automotive business, which aims to bring natural language tools to connected cars. Nuance's technology is used in Ford's Sync system and other auto entertainment efforts.

SVOX is a privately held German company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SVOX offers pre-integrated search services and technologies focused on speech recognition, text-to-speech and acoustic signal enhancement.

Nuance's plan for SVOX is to take the acquired technology, integrate it and allow third party developers to better customize applications.

In addition, Nuance and SVOX will focus on hybrid cloud and embedded voice platforms as well as bringing more partners into the fold.

Separately, Nuance said it has closed the purchase of Equitrac, a print management software company.

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