Dragon Drive Powers Chinese Car

Nuance Communications' Dragon Drive connected car voice and content platform powers China's Roewe RX5 connected infotainment system, developed by a joint venture of SAIC Motor Corp., one of China's leading car manufacturers, and Alibaba Group Holding, China's e-commerce giant.

The conversational voice interface in the Roewe RX5 integrates Dragon Drive's hybrid embedded-cloud voice recognition and natural language understanding (NLU) built on deep neural networks. Dragon Drive also brings speech signal enhancement and text-to-speech.

The Roewe RX5 offers a number of infotainment and in-car service enhancements, including the following:

  • Wake-up word and barge-in: Drivers can engage the in-car system just by using their voices, waking up the system by saying "Hello Banma." Users can interrupt the system at any time with a voice command.
  • Natural and flexible control of the navigation system by voice: The user can search for points-of-interest using natural language or enter a destination by providing the category, the name of a place or by speaking the address or crossroads.
  • A more human conversation: Drivers can make calls, search for music available from streaming services or local media, find weather, and more.

"We've worked closely with SAIC to deeply integrate our Dragon Drive platform to deliver an intuitive experience for the Roewe RX5, with incredibly high accuracy, speed, and ease of use that exceeds China's consumer expectations of the connected car. It will undoubtedly change the landscape of the automotive ecosystem in the region," said Arnd Weil, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Automotive, in a statement.

The Roewe RX5 featuring Nuance's Dragon Drive technology will ship in China in August 2016. The system supports Mandarin Chinese speech recognition and NLU, as well as Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin Taiwanese, and Cantonese text-to-speech.

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