Nuance Communications, a provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the globe, has just unveiled Dragon Drive, the company’s latest voice platform created and designed specifically for cars. Dragon Drive promises to give car owners the capability to send and read text messages by voice, thanks to the company’s voice recognition technology used in applications like Dragon Dictation. Nuance said that Dragon Drive’s messaging service will be followed by other services soon, which will include controls for listening to music, web browsing, directions and more.
By tapping into a 3G or 4G connection, a driver’s command can reach out to Nuance’s cloud-based language servers, which enables Dragon Drive to understand a broader range of commands, said Mike Thompson, Executive Vice President of Nuance’s Mobile Division. According to Thompson, the long-term result will allow drivers to have a natural conversation with your car – something (remotely) similar to talking with the fictional KITT from the 1980s TV series Knight Rider. The company assures that we will see many of the same capabilities found in Apple’s Siri in the near future. For now, Nuance is starting small. The first Dragon Drive application will be an SMS service and it will start featuring in some vehicles this summer.