Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its automotive-grade Dragon Drive! Messaging service for the connected car is powering the text message dictation in the new Audi A3, creating a hands-free messaging experience. With Audi connect Messaging, drivers can simply use their voice to dictate and send text messages while driving, as well as hear incoming text or e-mail messages.
The Audi A3 deeply integrates Dragon Drive! Messaging as part of the in-car user interface. Drivers simply connect their phone via Bluetooth or insert their SIM card into the MMI Navigation plus to quickly and easily dictate and send text messages without having to take their hands off of the wheel. For example, just say “Dictate text message to John Smith” to quickly access the contact from a mobile address book, and then speak the message, “I am stuck in traffic and will be late for the meeting. Start without me.” The message is read to the driver, and from there they can continue dictating, edit or send the message using simple voice commands. Nuance’s natural, humanlike text-to-speech capabilities also read out incoming text and email messages, keeping Audi drivers connected to friends and family from anywhere.
“The in-car experience is quickly evolving from simply keeping drivers entertained to keeping them connected and productive in safer, smarter ways,” said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance Mobile. “Dragon Drive! Messaging’s flexible and customizable architecture enables world-leading automotive brands like Audi to deeply integrate powerful voice capabilities as part of their unique in-car experience, without compromising quality or adding dangerous distractions.”
Audi also integrates Nuance’s voice command and control as part of Audi’s voice user interface, letting drivers speak voice commands to search and access contacts and make calls on their phone, select Audi connect services and one-shot voice commands to input navigation address information.