Nuance updates connected car platform with voice biometrics and virtual assistant

January 7, 2015 - 

Nuance Communications announced that its connected car platform Dragon Drive now offers new voice biometrics capabilities, while its new virtual assistant service, Dragon Drive Daily Update, provides the driver with personalized content, according to a report by Benzinga.

The two new features expand on Nuance Communications’ voice and app content platform to enable auto manufacturers to deliver a safer and smarter connected car experience.

Drivers using the Dragon Drive platform are able to personalize their in-car experience based on their own preferences, including connected music stations, navigation routes, traffic conditions, calendar, parking, and fuel options along the route.

Additionally, Dragon Drive Daily Update is a virtual assistant service optimized for infotainment systems that provides drivers with their own customized ‘update’ when they start the car.

Through a humanlike voice created with Nuance’s text-to-speech feature, the Daily Update will deliver relevant information and content, including news headlines, traffic, weather, sports scores, and calendar updates.

Nuance is also announcing the expansion of its Dragon Drive platform with the Dragon Drive Mobile application, which bridges the gap between the connected experiences in the car and on the smartphone.

Finally, Dragon Drive Mobile provides auto manufacturers with the means to develop a mobile app that integrates directly with their customized and branded in-car infotainment systems.

The app, which supports iOS and Android, delivers a comparable app experience on the phone and in the car for navigation, POI, music, calendar and dictation, while handling the more robust processing tasks on the mobile device itself.

Drivers are able to customize their music preferences, navigation and POI information using the app on their phone, which can all be accessed through the head unit screen once they are inside the vehicle and be controlled by voice command.

“We’re giving automakers more control over the connected car system they build and deliver, while giving consumers more control over their individual experience within that brand,” said Arnd Weil, VP and GM of Nuance’s automotive and consumer electronics.. “Our platform is open, flexible, and delivers content from the world’s leading content providers.”

Nuance’s technology is currently used in more than 100 million in-car and 50 million portable navigation systems around the world.

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