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Nuance Brings Embedded Dictation to the Car

Nuance's Dragon Drive car platform now includes embedded dictation capabilities without a cloud or data connection.
Posted Oct 3, 2016
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Nuance Communications today announced that its Dragon Drive connected car framework now features high-quality embedded dictation for speaking text messages, notes, and more in the car without a data or cloud connection. Drivers can now dictate text anytime or anywhere without being interrupted by latency or failures in areas where connectivity is limited or non-existent.

Leveraging advancements in deep neural nets that are inspired by the way humans learn and recognize patterns, Nuance's embedded dictation transforms the spoken word into text in split seconds without the cloud, allowing drivers to capture and send messages or notes even when the signal is spotty. Deep Learning enables Nuance's speech recognition technology to transcribe the human language and adapt to a range of acoustic models that have been optimized for the noisy in-car environment.

"Over the past five years, our research team has set a high standard in automotive speech recognition by applying deep neural networks to optimize accuracy within noisy automotive environments. These advancements, combined with signal enhancement and in-car microphone beamforming, results in a simple, intuitive interface designed specifically for the car that continues to set the industry standard for automotive speech recognition," said Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer at Nuance, in a statement.

Embedded dictation also allows drivers to minimize the impact on their data plans tied to in-car connected services.

"The cloud is an incredibly important element of the modern automotive experience, providing access to a range of services and content. However, signal drops and remote areas can turn the connected car into a disconnected experience," said Arnd Weil, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Automotive, in a statement. "Dragon Drive's embedded-connected framework gives automakers and consumers the best of both worlds – the ability to connect to content and services while having uninterrupted access to the in-car features that drive safer productivity behind the wheel."

Embedded dictation will initially support English, German, and Chinese and is available as part of Dragon Drive to automakers and suppliers, delivering an end-to-end speech and content experience as part of an automotive assistant that listens, understands, and responds to drivers needs.


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