Speech recognition software maker Nuance Communications will be bringing its voice-to-text software to three 2012 BMW models. Starting with the BMW 7 series, 3 series Touring and 3 series ActiveHybrid, Nuance's Dragon Drive! will allow drivers to listen to emails, send text messages, and search for addresses via voice control.
Aside from being extremely dangerous, using your phone while driving is illegal in most states and can come with a hefty fine. The inclusion of this type of software in automobiles has the potential to keep busy people connected, while maintaining necessary safety standards.
Similar software already is available for other cars and the latest operating system delivers the same experience to smartphones. We have to wonder if it is even worth the resources that auto manufacturers pour into developing this technology when "there's an app for that" or in most cases, its built into the OS.
As automakers continue to play catch up with advancements in mobile technology, we can only wonder what else might be distracting drivers from keeping their eyes on the road in the not so distant future.
Nuance's Dragon Drive! Messaging Available in 2012 BMW 7 and 3 Series Vehicles
BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that BMW will be making Dragon Drive! Messaging available in the new 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles, with additional models to follow. Dragon Drive! Messaging is a new BMW ConnectedDrive feature as part of the latest generation of BMW Navigation system Professional. Unveiled in May, Dragon Drive! Messaging is Nuance's new automotive-grade connected car service that lets people speak emails and text messages.
"Navigate to 100 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts."
The 2012 BMW 7 Series will be the first car ever to feature Dragon Drive! Messaging, hitting the market in July 2012, with the BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid following later this year. Dragon Drive! Messaging delivers a fully-integrated mobile assistant messaging experience that lets drivers speak, listen, edit and respond to text messages and emails – keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Drivers can speak simple commands to format e-mails by adding new lines, paragraphs, and speaking punctuation and other format commands.
"People want to connect with family, friends, and colleagues while they're on the road, but without the dangerous distractions posed by manually engaging handheld devices," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance. "By integrating Dragon Drive! Messaging into the car itself, BMW and Nuance are delivering a smarter, safer way to communicate."
Dragon Drive! Messaging is available as part of Nuance's Dragon Drive! highly-specialized hybrid automotive-grade platform that fully harnesses Nuance's deep experience and research in connected and embedded natural language understanding voice technologies. Drivers can interact naturally with their car, minimizing manual and visual distractions.
In addition to the dictation functionality, the new BMW Navigation system Professional also features natural command and control for almost all functions, powered by Nuance. Drivers can quickly and easily speak one-shot commands for phone calls and navigation, such as "Call John Miller on Mobile" or "Navigate to 100 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts."
Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available in BMW vehicles starting in July 2012 in six different languages, including US and UK English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. BMW buyers can test Dragon Drive! Messaging for free for 60 days. Once the trial period expires, Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available as a Nuance service with annual renewal option. To learn more about Dragon Drive! Messaging for BMW, visit www.nuance.com/bmw. To find a list of compatible devices for BMW ConnectedDrive supporting Dragon Drive! Messaging, visit www.bmw.com/bluetooth.
Dragon Drive! is a part of Nuance's broad Dragon portfolio, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon TV and Dragon ID, all humanizing the way people engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars and computers – just by using their voice. To learn more about all that Nuance's Dragon portfolio has to offer, visit www.nuance.com andwww.nuancemobilelife.com.
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