You may, as I did, think of Nuance Communications primarily as a developer of voice technology in cars and wherever else, like voice-to-text.
But this week the company launched a new version of its Dragon Drive platform for connected cars, and it added two new services – Dragon Drive Connect and Dragon Drive Link. Connect and Link, plus Dragon Drive Speech, enable what Nuance describes as customizable content delivery.
Dragon Drive Connect integrates services and applications optimized for in-car use. Services currently available include Yelp, Infogroup, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Deezer, Rdio, AccuWeather, OPIS/ Gas Buddy, Xignite, STATS, INRIX, TomTom, West World Media’s Cinema-Source, MovieTickets.com, Reuters, Twitter, and Facebook.
Dragon Drive Link is said to manage connectivity between cars and smartphones, so a user could enter destination details on their smartphone (their Dragon Drive smartphone navigation app) and then access that information through the app in their car’s head unit. Dragon Drive Link would automatically authenticate the driver and his/her profile information for apps and services as they enter the car.
Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance Mobile, said the evolution of Dragon Drive beyond voice marks a significant expansion of Nuance’s automotive business.
Weil describes the new version of Dragon Drive as “a powerful combination of connected infotainment technologies that gives automakers incredible flexibility and freedom in how they design and develop their own branded connected car experience.”
“Going forward, cars will be connected to content and services,” says Chris Schreiner, Strategy Analytics’ Director of Automotive Consumer Insights, “However, automotive manufacturers often need to engage multiple parties to create a compelling connected car platform – for content and applications, for voice and HMI, and for connectivity capabilities.
“By combining a content and applications services platform with its leading voice and NLU capabilities, Nuance is simplifying the connected car integration for automakers with access to all of the customizable components they require.”