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Nuance Dragon Drive Deployed in BMW 7-Series Cars

BMW has integrated Nuance's hybrid voice and natural language technologies to allow drivers to access in-car infotainment.
Posted Jan 5, 2016
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Nuance Communications' Dragon Drive connected car voice technologies now power the in-car infotainment systems for BMW Group vehicle models in 2015 and 2016.

The BMW Group 7 Series was the first to hit the market this year featuring a conversational user interface built with Nuance's hybrid embedded-cloud voice recognition, natural language understanding (NLU), barge-in, and text-to-speech solutions that together enable drivers to access in-car functions and connected services.

The BMW Group is the first to ship Nuance's latest automotive voice recognition and NLU technology built on deep neural networks. The fully integrated, automotive-grade solution enables access to apps and services, such as navigation, music, message dictation, calendar, weather, social media, and more through a conversational voice interface, all accessible by voice from the top menu. Drivers can issue commands in one phrase, such as "Send a text message to Joe, I am stuck in traffic and will be 15 minutes late," or "Get me directions to Armando's Pizza in Cambridge." Drivers can also speak over or interrupt the system to complete tasks faster.

"We continue to showcase how powerful the connected car user experience can be by integrating embedded and cloud-based natural language voice capabilities that create a more human, conversational interaction," said Arnd Weil, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Automotive, in a statement. "Dragon Drive enables a fully customized and branded experience without sacrificing the unique brand and market differentiation."

The latest capabilities of Nuance's Dragon Drive are featured in the 2015 BMW Group 7 Series that began shipping in October. The technology supports 29 languages, including English, French,  German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.

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