Nuance voice connects car with wearables and home
Issue Date: 2016-03-25

Nuance Communications announced at its West Coast Innovation Day event that its Dragon Drive connected car platform and Nuance Mix voice and natural language understanding developer platform, currently in beta, provide automakers with a set of capabilities to create intelligent and conversational voice experiences for cars that talk to 'things' such as consumer electronics and smart devices.

Dragon Drive's expansive voice and content platform gives automakers the ability to create voice-enabled apps and services that let drivers speak to connect with smart devices and systems from behind the wheel. Through natural language commands, drivers can turn on lights or activate a home entertainment system – the possibilities are endless. But automakers also need the ability to quickly and easily customize a consistent voice experience on companion apps running on smart devices that connect to the car – creating a meaningful two-way engagement.

With Nuance Mix, automakers have the control and flexibility necessary to extend natural language, voice recognition and text-to-speech – all fully optimized together – to wearables and consumer electronics. As a result, people can talk to these devices to control functions in the car, like turning on the heat, or checking the fuel or charge level. Further, Dragon Drive and Nuance Mix are both platform agnostic, giving automakers the freedom to create, develop and deploy deeply integrated and customized voice interfaces without boundaries.

"Our cars and consumer electronics are increasingly connected, and now we're seeing an ecosystem emerge where they are becoming connected to each other," said Bob Schassler, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "But consumer experience is key to adoption and growth, which is why voice will serve as the primary interface. Voice allows automakers to channel a powerful degree of connectivity and intelligence into a few simple words and phrases for consumers."

Availability

Many of the world's leading automakers, including Ford, BMW, Toyota, and Daimler, already use Nuance's Dragon Drive technology. Automakers and Tier-1 suppliers that are developing connections to Internet of Things devices can begin working with Nuance Mix today.