BMW Integrates Nuance Dragon Drive! Messaging

BMW will use Dragon Drive! Messaging in the new 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring, and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles, Nuance has announced. Additional models will follow.

Unveiled in May, Dragon Drive! Messaging is Nuance's new automotive-grade connected car service that lets users speak emails and text messages. Dragon Drive! Messaging is a fully integrated mobile assistant messaging experience that lets drivers speak, listen, edit, and respond to text messages and emails. Drivers can speak simple commands to format emails by adding new lines, paragraphs, and speaking punctuation and other format commands.

Dragon Drive! Messaging is available as part of Nuance's Dragon Drive!, a highly specialized hybrid automotive-grade platform that uses Nuance's deep research in connected and embedded natural language understanding voice technologies.

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 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."

"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 of automotive at Nuance, in a statement. "By integrating Dragon Drive! Messaging into the car itself, BMW and Nuance are delivering a smarter, safer way to communicate."

Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available in BMW vehicles starting in July 2012 in six languages—U.S. and U.K. English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. BMW buyers can test Dragon Drive! Messaging free for 60 days. Once the trial period expires, Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available as a Nuance service with an annual renewal option.

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