Nuance Communications, Inc., the secret sauce behind T-Mobile’s myTouch Genius Button and Dragon Naturally Speaking, have announced their next mobile move. Starting a few weeks back, Nuance began powering the complete voice guidance in turn-by-turn directions for Waze, the social mapping and navigation app. Using their innovative text-to-speech technology (Vocalizer Studio), Waze users in the United States and Canada will also hear traffic alerts, providing peace of mind to the driver.
Waze, already popular with more than 5 million drivers, adds a layer of social on top of a traditional mapping and navigation app. Users can actively ‘participate’ by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, and other hazards observed along the way. The more active the drivers are, the better it gets! Waze can be downloaded and used for free on Android 1.5 or higher.