BMW adds Nuance’s Dragon Drive! Messaging service in 2012 BMW 7 and 3 Series Vehicles
BMW has partnered with Nuance Communications Inc. to enable Dragon Drive! Messaging service for 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring, and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid with more models featuring the service soon. This service was revealed in May and it is an automotive-grade connected car service.
Dragon Drive! Messaging service will enable users to write messages and emails through voice and in this way the hands of the users will remain on the handle and their eyes will be distracted fewer times from the road. Certain commands can help the drivers to format emails by adding paragraphs by saying “New paragraph” and speaking punctuation by saying “Comma” for [ , ] and “Period” for [ . ], and certain other commands.
The 2012 BMW 7 Series will come in the market this month and will be the first car with the Messaging feature while BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid will follow later this year.
"People want to connect with family, friends, and colleagues while they're on the road, but without the dangerous distractions posed by manually engaging handheld devices," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance. "By integrating Dragon Drive! Messaging into the car itself, BMW and Nuance are delivering a smarter, safer way to communicate."
Dragon Drive! Messaging service along with new BMW Navigation system Professional will also help the users to issue certain other commands such as calling contacts in the manner as “Call John Miller on Mobile” or navigating to particular addresses in the manner as “Navigate to 100 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts.”
At this time, this service supports six languages including US and UK English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. This service will be free as a trial for the first 60 days and after that time users will have to pay annual subscription charges.