SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SoundHound Inc., the revolutionary sound search company, today announced a partnership with the Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea’s leading automobile manufacturing group, to embed the SoundHound music and sound recognition application directly into select Hyundai & Kia vehicles.
This coming spring, drivers of these vehicles will be able to identify songs and access SoundHound features directly through their vehicle’s head unit without having to pull out their mobile phones. The feature will initially be available in Hyundai and Kia vehicles in North America, South Korea and China. Hyundai vehicle models integrated with SoundHound will include the all-new 2015 Genesis.
“The car is a natural SoundHound environment, ripe for music search and discovery,” said Amir Arbabi, VP Business Development, SoundHound. “We are excited to join with Hyundai Motor Group to more fully integrate the SoundHound experience into the automobile and make it as easy as possible for drivers to identify and capture those discoveries. This is a natural next step in the convergence of music and the connected car.”
“Hyundai and Kia are at the forefront of the convergence of technology, music and the automobile,” said Dr. Woo-Young Kwak, Head of Vehicle IT Development Center at Hyundai Motor Group. “Through our partnership with SoundHound, we are able to further deepen that commitment to the connected car by integrating one of the most popular mobile music experiences that has been enjoyed by more than 185 million people worldwide.”
SoundHound has developed a unique feature set designed specifically for car integration. The SoundHound icon will be seen within the Hyundai/Kia touch screen-enabled head unit and sound recognition can be activated with one touch. The results screen will provide users with information about the song, artist and recommendations based on the song result. The app will track historical searches as well and, once registered, users will ultimately see their search histories across any device where SoundHound can be accessed.
The SoundHound app is available today for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundiTunes. On Android devices, SoundHound is available at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundPlayStore. Windows Phone users can download SoundHound at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundWindowsPhone. On BlackBerry 10 devices, SoundHound can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/SoundHoundBlackBerry.
About SoundHound Inc.
SoundHound Inc. is the leading innovator in Sound Recognition and Search technologies. Its unmatched portfolio of technologies includes the world's fastest music and audio recognition, the world's only singing and humming search, instant-response large scale speech recognition systems, and automatic lyrics alignment. The SoundHound mobile application is the only App in the world that enables two distinct sound inputs to be recognized through a single search button. Both recorded music and a hummed query can be identified, delighting users and friends with the magic of capturing a song or finding a song through singing it. SoundHound technologies are deployed globally through carrier, device manufacturer, and automotive partnerships. SoundHound's applications, available on all major platforms, have been downloaded by more than 185 million users.
About Hyundai Motor Group
The Hyundai Motor Group consists of more than fifty automotive-related subsidiaries and affiliates led by South Korea’s two largest automakers - Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation. In 2013, the two companies together sold 7.56 million vehicles produced at 31 plants in nine countries. As two of the world's fastest growing automotive brands, Hyundai and Kia are committed to providing top quality products and experiences that go beyond customers’ expectations. Together, Hyundai and Kia serve as the official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™.