Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its Dragon Drive voice capabilities are behind the new voice-enabled Kenwood Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) systems with DVD entertainment – the Excelon DNN990HD and DNN9230DAB models in North America and Europe, respectively. Kenwood’s connected infotainment system serves up navigation, content, music, calendar access, RSS newsfeeds, message dictation and much more – all by voice. Kenwood’s connected receiver leverages Nuance’s advanced Dragon Drive natural language understanding, voice and text-to-speech capabilities optimized for the in-car experience. As a result people can simply speak their social media status and quick emails, while Nuance’s text-to-speech reads incoming messages, including RSS newsfeeds, Twitter and Facebook updates. People can also speak to access weather updates and their calendar, find music and more. The connected receiver also features Route Collector, a service allowing the user to store and share their trip log, route, and photos taken during travel. “Consumers want to engage with their favorite apps safely and productively behind the wheel,” said Scott Caswell Kenwood executive. “By voice-enabling our in-car experience, we are transforming the in-car experience, and creating a deeper sense of connectivity on the open road.” “The connected experience doesn’t stop behind the wheel. The cloud brings us infinite opportunities for dynamic maps, music, messaging and social content – but safety cannot be sacrificed for the sake of connectivity,” said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance Mobile. “Kenwood is yet another example of the automotive industry deeply integrating Nuance’s automotive optimized technologies to deliver a safer, smarter connected experience for aftermarket offerings.” Availability The North American deployment (Excelon DNN990HD) will support US English, Mexican Spanish and Canadian French while the European version (DNN9230DAB) will support UK English, European Spanish, European French, German, Italian and Dutch. In addition to the languages spoken in North America and Western Europe, the connected receiver supports a variety of languges for text readout, including Arabic, Greek, Polish, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.
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 capabilities such as voice dialing, message dictation, navigation as well as local business, news and music search. The result is a smarter, safer in-car experience that lets drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Dragon Drive lets motorists speak naturally with in-car systems and directly access mobile content through an intuitive conversational interface.Dragon Drive is a part of Nuance’s broad Dragon portfolio, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Assistant for Ultrabook, Dragon Mobile Assistant, 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 JVC Kenwood Corporation JVCKENWOOD Corporation merged its three subsidiaries – Victor Company of Japan, Limited; Kenwood Corporation; and J&K Car Electronics Corporation – On October 1, 2011, and as an integral company after the merger it set out its new corporate vision: “Creating excitement and peace of mind for the people of the world.” 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, Dragon, 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.