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Nuance's Dragon Drive Voice-Enables Hyundai's Next-Generation Connected Car

Hyundai's connected car prototype brings intelligent, conversational in-car connectivity to the mass consumer market.
Posted Jan 9, 2013
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Nuance Communications and Hyundai have developed a new voice-enabled infotainment system with Nuance's automotive-grade Dragon Drive platform. 

Hyundai's new infotainment system deeply integrates Nuance's Dragon Drive natural language understanding automotive voice platform to showcase the power of conversational interfaces as part of a safer, smarter in-car experience. Hyundai's next generation of cars will include natural language voice-enabled phone dialing, message dictation, destination entry  by address or point of interest, and searching for music both in the car or streaming from online music services. 

Hyundai is also among the first automakers to introduce "Welcome Mode," leveraging Nuance's personal assistant capabilities designed for the connected car. Drivers are greeted with a personal message when they enter the car, along with personalized greeting using Nuance's text-to-speech. This greeting includes an updated weather forecast at the user's location, a personal playlist, or even directions based on a user profile supplied by Hyundai.

"Consumers expect to be connected to people and content no matter where they are. And when they are behind the wheel, it's our responsibility to balance that demand with features that minimize the potential for driver distraction," said Michael O'Brien, vice president of Product and Corporate Planning at Hyundai Motor America. "Hyundai is committed to stay at the forefront of innovation, and by leveraging Nuance's Dragon Drive platform for our next-generation infotainment systems, we'll be able to bring the broad consumer market smart, innovative and intuitive experiences powered by voice."

"People have deep and personal connections to their devices and the content they offer - their in-car experiences shouldn't be any different," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager of automotive at Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Hyundai's connected car prototype demonstrates the flexibility and broad capabilities of our Dragon Drive platform, where Nuance's voice technologies deliver an intelligent, conversational exchange between people and their cars to keep them connected no matter where life's journey brings them."


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