HERE Technologies has announced a partnership with voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies company SoundHound to add a voice-first navigation experience to its voice AI platform, Houndify.
The partnership intends to provide Houndify developers the ability to apply real-world location data from HERE Technologies to their applications to improve the driver experience and enhance safety.
HERE said that drivers will be able to activate navigation by simply speaking, as opposed to keying in the information or logging on to a secondary mobile app.
Developers will be able to fast-track the development of location-centric applications by leveraging the global map data and curated location content in combination with readily available location services, including rendering, search, routing, transit, and positioning.
The integration will aim to provide precise, end-to-end tracking and accurate, real-time and historical locations. According to HERE this is especially useful in cars, where a vehicle’s ability to understand its precise positioning, retain contextual awareness of the environment, and store local knowledge of road rules is crucial.
Amir Arbabi, Vice President of Business Development at SoundHound said, ‘Adding HERE Technologies as a new Houndify domain will allow us to further expand our voice AI capabilities and provide a deeper set of location-based data for our global audience.’
‘Adding HERE to the Houndify platform will help to provide a seamless experience for developers adding voice navigation or location awareness to the consumer applications they’re building,’ said Kirk Mitchell, SVP and GM, Americas at HERE Technologies.