If you’ve ever wondered who built the voice recognition technology behind Apple’s conversational personal assistant Siri, wonder no more: the company is Burlington, Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications. Speech recognition platforms take decades to build, and Nuance has been around since 1994, when it was spun off from SRI International’s Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory with a goal of automating call centers. Since then, and several acquisitions of other speech recognition platforms, Nuance has been the go-to company for what’s known as natural language processing, a high-tech way of saying “talking to computers and having them talk back.”
It’s in our vehicles where we seem to spend the most time talking to computers, and Nuance has recognized this. The company announced last week that it plans to spin off its automotive division into a separate, publicly traded company called Nuance Auto.
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