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.
AvailabilityAudi connect Messaging with dictation capabilities will be available with Audi connect and MMI Navigation plus on the new Audi A3 shipping at the end of 2012 in Europe and will initially support several European languages. Dragon Drive! is Nuance’s automotive-grade platform that fully harnesses Nuance’s deep expertise and research in natural language understanding voice technologies to deliver connected and embedded services like Dragon Drive! Messaging. The result is an in-car experience that lets drivers engage hands-free, ultimately minimizing driver distraction. Dragon Drive! is a part of Nuance’s broad Dragon portfolio, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon TV and Dragon ID, all humanizing the way people engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars and computers – just by using their voice. To learn more about all that Nuance’s Dragon portfolio has to offer, visit www.nuance.com and www.nuancemobilelife.com. About Nuance Communications, Inc. Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com. Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners. The statements in this press release relating to future plans or future events or service, are forward-looking statements which are subject to specific risks and uncertainties. These could involve particular market trends, competition factors and other risks described in the documents submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results, events and services may vary significantly from the forecasts. The reader is warned not to rely on these forward- looking statements without reservation, since these are simply reflections of the current situation.