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Nuance Automotive Newsletter               August, 2012

A Note from the Editor:
In our last newsletter, you heard all about our launch of Dragon Drive! – Nuance’s natural language understanding platform for the connected car. Now, we have another exciting announcement to share. In July, Nuance deployed Dragon Drive! Messaging with the premium car manufacturer BMW. This means that BMW drivers can now dictate e-mails and text messages as effortlessly as speaking. Dragon Drive! Messaging is the first in a series of services available on the Dragon Drive! platform, all designed to empower drivers with the distraction-free connectivity that their busy lifestyles demand. You can read more about Dragon Drive! Messaging in this newsletter and we’ll keep you updated about the availability of new Dragon Drive! services later this year.

Fatima Vital,


In The Spotlight:
BMW Drivers Move Ahead with Dragon Drive! Messaging

BMW drivers can now enjoy the many benefits of Dragon Drive! Messaging from Nuance.  They can speak and hear text messages and e-mails naturally and conversationally, with hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Drivers can format e-mails through simple spoken commands, and Dragon Drive! also allows the navigation system to accept “one-shot” entries such as “Navigate to 520 Third Street , San Francisco, California.” 

The service is available in BMW vehicles (2012 7 Series, 3 Series Touring, 3 Series ActiveHybrid) starting in July 2012 in six different languages, including US and UK English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. BMW buyers can test Dragon Drive! Messaging, available through BMW’s ConnectedDrive platform, at no charge for 60 days. Once the trial period expires, Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available as a Nuance service with annual renewal option. To learn more about Dragon Drive! Messaging for BMW, visit You can also read some of the latest press coverage here:  The Wall Street Journal, GigaOM, Information Week and in Germany:  Welt, dr-Spehr.

New and Notable:
Spansion Product Update: Acoustic Co-processor for Voice Recognition Apps

The early results of Spansion’s partnership with Nuance are showcased in the latest addition to Spansion’s product portfolio: the industry’s first HMI co-processor that enables voice-controlled system interfaces. The processor leverages Nuance speech technology and significantly improves response time and accuracy over conventional voice interfaces by supporting larger acoustical databases. This is the first application-specific approach that integrates custom designed logic and hardware with Nuance’s VoCon software engine and provides a dedicated resource for natural user interfaces such as voice.  You can read more by following these links:
Spansion, Nuance Announce Acoustic Coprocessor for Automotive Voice Recognition - CNET
Acoustic Coprocessor Halves Response Time of Voice Recognition Systems — New Electronics
Spansion Expands Product Portfolio, Adds Acoustic Coprocessor into Lineup — Xbit
Spansion Announces Voice Recognition Chip — EE Times

Nuance at “Further with Ford” Event
Nuance recently participated in Ford’s “Further with Ford” trends and media event with more than 200 journalists and bloggers in Dearborn, Michigan. Voice and NLU were a very popular topic throughout the day and Nuance provided perspective on how voice and the UI design are critical to the best possible user experience and what’s next to come with a combination of voice, touch and gesture. Throughout the event and discussions, Nuance was cited as the leader in voice and well-branded across presentations. Nuance was also present on the “technology track” on Ford’s proving grounds to showcase Nuance’s voice technology as part of SYNC. You can read more here:

NAO Developer Hackathon: Talk, Code & Fun!

Nuance is sponsoring a Hackathon organized by the developer community of the NAO robot. If you are not familiar with NAO, please click here to learn more: .
The Hackathon will take place on September 21-23 in London. More information is available at the event site: The goal is simply to code nonstop for 24 hours, from Saturday until Sunday, in order to create applications which will be submitted to a jury to choose the winners.

Nuance Greater China Auto Forum 2012
The Nuance Greater China Auto Forum took place on August 29 at The Westin Bund Center in Shanghai and was attended by all major automotive players in China. In addition to introducing Nuance’s groundbreaking innovations for the Chinese market, the Forum featured Mr.Michael Liu of IMS Research as analyst keynote speaker who shared a global perspective on in-car HMI trends and opportunities and Mr. Minjie Tian from Shanghai General Motors who spoke about the new business opportunities in China with voice recognition solutions. Other key topics included connected car use cases and connected services.

Save the Date – Nuance Automotive Forum Tokyo 2012

 The Nuance Automotive Forum Tokyo is scheduled for October 11 at the Hotel Intercontinental Tokyo Bay. Many of the industry's key players have already confirmed their attendance and the agenda contains numerous thought-provoking topics and  exciting product updates.

Save the Date – Nuance Automotive Forum Detroit 2012

This year's Nuance Automotive Forum Detroit will take place on November 14 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. Always much anticipated by Nuance’s customers and partners, this year’s Forum features a great lineup of guest speakers, the latest concepts in automotive HMI, and new voice-enabled and multimodal demonstrations. More information about the Forum can be found at this link: Attendance at the Auto Forum is by invitation only, so if you are interested in participating, please contact and we will be happy to extend an invitation.

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