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Nuance and PATEO Partner to Bring Dragon Drive to the SAIC MG GT in China

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BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that in partnership with PATEO, one of the largest providers of products and services for connected cars in China, SAIC's MG GT will ship Nuance's Dragon Drive automotive-grade voice platform supporting the Mandarin Chinese language. The MG GT's Smart infotainment system provided by PATEO has leveraged Nuance's hybrid embedded-connected voice technology to provide drivers with a safer, smarter connected driving experience.

Nuance's voice capabilities as part of MG GT's Smart infotainment system allow drivers to simply use voice commands to enable a natural interaction with the in-car system. With a convenient interface to control all functions through the main menu, drivers can speak for destination navigation, point of interest (POI) search, music search, voice dialing, messages and dictation – keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Further, Dragon Drive for SAIC has been customized to meet Chinese users' preferences.

PATEO, MG's largest connected car partner, is always exploring new innovations to provide an unprecedented driving experience and help to actively avoid accidents. Now, PATEO has integrated Nuance's voice capabilities as part of the smart infotainment connected system to enable a seamless experience, including Nuance's unique signal enhancement technologies that minimize noise and eliminate echo – enhancing voice recognition accuracy. The system also features Nuance's human-like text-to-speech (TTS) technology supporting Mandarin Chinese.

"Nuance's automotive voice and content solutions create a safer, smarter in-car system by delivering a more conversational experience for drivers. The seamless combination of embedded and cloud-based capabilities and services results in a robust and flexible solution that provides an excellent user experience with or without a data connection," said Arnd Weil, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Automotive.

"Nuance's cutting-edge automotive solutions have recreated the connected car experience and the way people use in-car infotainment products. The cooperation with Nuance has also provided powerful support for us to make further strategic deployments of connected car services and product development," said Shen Ziyu, General Manager of PATEO.

Nuance's technology is deployed in more than 110 million in-car and 50 million portable navigation systems worldwide. MG GT is the first deployment of a hybrid automotive voice solution in China and is the first to feature Nuance's local cloud service support, which has brought Chinese consumers more humanized and intelligent connected car experiences. Click here to learn more about Dragon Drive.

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Dragon Drive, currently deployed with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Toyota and others, is a part of Nuance's broad Dragon portfolio that is humanizing the way people engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars, wearables and computers – just by using their voice. To learn more about all that Nuance's Dragon portfolio has to offer, visit www.nuance.com.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

About PATEO

PATEO was founded by Energy Source in September 2009 and it is one of the top three brands in automotive digital marketing in China, and is currently one of the largest providers of products and services for connected cars in China. PATEO's headquarters are in Shanghai, with more than 400 employees.

PATEO aims not only to equip cars with extensive capabilities that bring emotion and intelligence, but also to minimize distractions with systems that understand and interact with drivers for an unprecedented driving experience.

About SAIC

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) is the largest auto company on China's A-share market (Stock Code: 600104), and has a total equity of 11 billion shares.

SAIC Motor's business covers the research, production and vehicle sales of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It also covers components including engines, gearboxes, powertrains, chassis, interior and exterior and miscellaneous electronic components, logistics, vehicle telematics, second-hand vehicle transactions and auto finance services.

Nuance, Dragon Drive and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
rebecca.paquette@nuance.com


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