SOURCE: Gracenote

January 04, 2008 08:00 ET

Gracenote Powers Digital "Jukebox" in Ford's Groundbreaking Next-Generation Navigation System

Gracenote's Voice Control and Album Cover Art Offerings Are Combined to Create Complete Enhanced Music Library Navigation Experience for Drivers

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 4, 2008) - CES -- The digital music experience for drivers will be transformed by a next-generation navigation system from Ford Motor Company and featuring Gracenote® technology. The new Ford navigation system, being previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show, incorporates a new user interface that combines Gracenote's voice control and cover art offerings as part of a groundbreaking enhanced music library navigation solution.

Gracenote is the engine behind the digital "jukebox" capability of Ford's next-generation navigation, which features hard-disk storage space for up to 2,400 songs. Gracenote's MusicID®, which enables identification, categorization, and organization of a driver's digital music library, is the engine behind the system. The solution also features Gracenote's Media Voice Operated Control System™ (MediaVOCS™), which offers drivers exceptional control over their media library while also increasing safety in the car through easy recognition of music and highly accurate voice control of the entire music playback experience. For instance, using Gracenote's voice control technology, a driver simply needs to say, "Play Bob Dylan," or "Blowing in the Wind," to queue up their entire collection by that artist, or a particular song.

To complete the solution, for the first time anywhere in the automotive OEM industry, Gracenote will also be delivering album cover art as part of the system. Ford drivers will now be able to enjoy cover art from Gracenote's database of hundreds of thousands of licensed cover art scans, all on a high resolution eight-inch display.

"We are pleased to be providing an industry-first solution to Ford for its next-generation navigation system, which is dramatically improving the human-machine interface and providing a truly unique entertainment experience for drivers," said Jim Hollingsworth, SVP sales and marketing, Gracenote. "The combination of voice control to navigate the car's music library coupled with the cover art we are providing will bring ease of use and enjoyment of in-car entertainment to the next level."

"The functionality of our next-generation navigation is a big step forward," said Jim Buczkowski, product development director of electronics and electrical systems engineering for Ford. "By working with a number of industry experts, including Gracenote, I think we've been able to develop a system that will meet and even surpass the very high expectations of our customers."

Gracenote was the first company to provide an embedded CD recognition solution for the automotive industry and has since shipped millions of units into the marketplace. The company provides its technology to some of the leading automotive companies around the world.

Gracenote at CES

Gracenote will demonstrate its in-car entertainment technology in Ford's next-generation navigation system at CES in the South Hall 3, Booth 31453. To schedule a meeting with Gracenote at CES, please contact Veronica Skelton, 415-342-3435, veronica@conceptpr.net.

For more information on Gracenote and its host of digital music and video services for the entertainment, mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries, please visit www.gracenote.com, or contact us directly at GracenoteLicensing@gracenote.com.

About Gracenote

Gracenote is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. Formerly known as CDDB®, Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul. For more information about Gracenote, please refer to www.gracenote.com/corporate/.

Gracenote and MusicID are registered trademarks of Gracenote and MediaVOCS is a trademark of Gracenote. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:
    Veronica Skelton
    Concept Communications for Gracenote
    415-342-3435
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