Nuance's Dragon Drive! Hopes To Reshape In-Car Voice Systems - HotHardware
Nuance's Dragon Drive! Hopes To Reshape In-Car Voice Systems

Nuance's Dragon Drive! Hopes To Reshape In-Car Voice Systems

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a vehicle with a voice-recognition system understands how lackluster most of them are. Even fancier rides usually have pathetic voice systems. Most drivers don't even bother to use the majority of the voice features, simply because it's a real chore to remember the correct phrasing, or it doesn't understand you -- basically, it's a long way from being even half as elegant as Siri is on the iPhone 4S. But there's one company on the PC side that seems to have this game figured out: Nuance. It's the company that makes the Dragon Dictate software, and now, they're finally porting that goodness over to the automotive world. Dragon Drive! is the newest addition, offering Nuance's heralded natural language understanding platform, but in an automotive way.


It's described as "automotive-grade," and it's developed specifically for the connected car. It's reported that the system enables automotive manufacturers and suppliers to deliver eyes-free, hands-free message dictation and direct access to content, music, and navigation – all powered by the same core technologies at the heart of Nuance's successful Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go!. Dragon Drive! Messaging is the first in a series of connected services that will hit the market this summer as part of Nuance's Dragon Drive! platform. It'll act as a mobile assistant messaging experience that lets them speak, listen and respond to text messages and emails – keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Dragon Drive! Messaging is currently available in six languages including US and UK English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, but we've yet to hear of any automakers making this a part of their OEM equipment. Hopefully, 2013 and 2014 model year cars will begin to integrate it. The sooner it gets to Bentley, the sooner it'll trickle down elsewhere.
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Very nice, I've heard positive reviews from Dragons Nuance voice recognition software and I'm guessing this will be designed to work primarily with iOS and Android (Maybe even Windows Mobile?)

It'll be interesting to see if this will get picked up by or compete with other car manufacturers similar software like Ford Sync and other voice integration features being added to cars

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Anything that can help a driver keep from being distracted would be good. I hate the fact that these cars are coming with full on infotainment systems. People are bad enough driving with no distractions but give them a phone or a console system in the car and it's dangerous.

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But that may be too good sometime :)

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I just don't need all of this fancy crap in my car.

My paying a lot of money for it is not even in the realm of possibility either.

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technology like Sirii from Apple is really getting trendy nowadays. This new innovation which enables people to talk to their cars is not much of a shock. Actually, I have been expecting a lot of these since the talking sensor when parking is already available. It would not shock me either if someone can invent the best car diagnostic tool with this technology. I hope they do it fast because people are really needing new ideas for repairs.

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Everytime these voice recognition software gets launched, the developers will promise it will understand our voice input. Rarely does it work as well as advertised because people will have different accents and different ways of pronouncing words. Though its made by Nuance, I still can't put my faith in it yet.

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