Nuance Powers Voice App for OnStar RemoteLink for iPhone

Nuance Communications today announced that the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app for iPhone now features voice recognition capabilities powered by Dragon. OnStar integrated Nuance's voice recognition technology as part of the Nuance Mobile Developer Program.

OnStar's RemoteLink mobile app, available for Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC owners with eligible 2010 or 2011 model-year vehicles, enables drivers to stay connected with remote access to real-time vehicle data and the ability to perform commands, such as unlocking doors from anywhere. And now with voice capabilities from Nuance, RemoteLink consumers can take advantage of RemoteLink's new navigation features by speaking a destination. Drivers can speak the name of an address, like directions to 200 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, or even search for destination details, like directions to Harbor House in Detroit. Once the information is returned, users can send the details from their iPhone directly to their OnStar service for turn-by-turn navigation.

"The new enhanced navigation services we are adding to the RemoteLink mobile app help to ensure that our subscribers are able to get directions and destination information no matter where they are. And by integrating voice recognition and search capabilities, users can quickly and easily speak an address or destination, get results, send them to OnStar and be on their way," said Steve Schwinke, director of advanced system design at OnStar, a unit of General Motors.

"Mobile consumers have come to expect a certain level of instant gratification with mobile apps; it should be easy to access and use, and deliver results in seconds," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager of Nuance Automotive. "Voice has quickly proven to be one of the most natural and convenient mobile interfaces, and with our portfolio of Dragon-powered SDKs, developers and telematic services providers like OnStar can easily give their consumers an innovative app experience that maps back to their mobile lifestyle."

Nuance's speech technologies are already available as part of OnStar for subscribers to navigate services and features through its ability to understand voice commands in a natural manner, as well as connect with the OnStar Virtual Advisor to access personalized weather and traffic updates. Additionally, Nuance powers the voice recognition capabilities of the recently announced OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) retail mirror that brings OnStar's in-vehicle safety, security, and communication service already experienced by 6 million active customers to more than 90 million vehicles on the road.

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