Nuance Powers Voice Capabilities in OnStar FMV Retail Mirror
Nuance Communications is providing the voice recognition and text-to-speech technologies for the OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) retail rearview mirror.
Nuance’s voice technology enables FMV drivers to just press a button and speak with natural language commands to engage both on-device and connected services. Drivers can make calls, update contact lists, and get turn-by-turn directions, which are read aloud with Nuance’s text-to-speech technology.
"Mobile consumers thrive on connectivity, so providing access to key features and services while minimizing distractions is paramount," said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile. "OnStar's FMV brings voice-enabled in-car communications to a wide array of car makes and models, giving drivers even more options for staying connected in a safer, smarter way that keeps two hands on the wheel, and two eyes on the road."
OnStar FMV will be available later this summer at all Best Buy stores, OnStar's first strategic retail partner, and at other consumer electronics retailers. OnStar FMV will carry a suggested retail price of $299. Installation, which consists of replacing the existing rearview mirror with OnStar FMV, is expected to take less than an hour and cost no more than $100 in most vehicles. A range of service plans will be available for OnStar FMV, starting at $18.95 a month or $199 a year.