BMW taps Nuance for in-car speech recognition


BMW will be the first the automaker to incorporate Nuance Communications’(s nuan) new voice command and control platform into its dashboards. The German car manufacturer said today it is using Nuance’s Dragon Drive voice messaging technology in its BMW 7 Series flagship luxury sedans as well as the BMW 3 Series Touring and ActiveHybrid.

While voice command and dictation is now becoming common in new high-end and mid-tier vehicles, Dragon Drive attempts to set itself apart by reaching beyond the limited vocabulary of a car’s dashboard computer and into the cloud where it can access Nuance’s natural language servers. BMW is implementing Dragon Drive’s initial service, Messaging, which allows drivers to listen to speech-transcribed e-mail and SMS, as well as dictate, edit, format and send messages via voice command.

Dragon Drive links to Nuance servers either through embedded connectivity in the car or through the driver’s smartphone connection, though it’s…

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