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Nuance’s Dragon Drive Powers New Conversational In-Car Infotainment

BMW Group Integrates Nuance’s Hybrid Voice and Natural Language Technologies Derived from Deep Neural Nets, Delivering Easier and Safer Access to Apps and Services

Burlington, MA. and Las Vegas – January 4, 2016 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that its Dragon Drive connected car voice technologies power the in-car infotainment systems for BMW Group vehicle models in 2015 and 2016. The BMW Group 7Series was the first to hit the market this year featuring a conversational user interface built with Nuance’s hybrid embedded-cloud voice recognition, natural language understanding (NLU), barge-in and text-to-speech solutions – that together create intuitive access to in-car functions and connected services while minimizing distraction.

The BMW Group is the first to ship Nuance’s latest automotive voice recognition and NLU technology built on Deep Neural Networks for faster and more accurate results delivering a better user experience. The fully integrated, automotive-grade solution enables quick and easy access to apps and services, such as navigation, music, message dictation, the calendar, weather, social media and more through a conversational voice interface – all accessible by voice from the top menu, unleashing a level of user experience unmatched by aftermarket third-party mobile phone solutions. Drivers are able to say commands in one phrase, such as “Send a text message to Joe, I am stuck in traffic and will be 15 minutes late,” or “Get me directions to Armando’s Pizza in Cambridge.” Drivers can also speak over or interrupt the system to complete tasks faster.

Nuance’s unique hybrid voice capabilities provide drivers with a safer, smarter way to access apps and services even when connectivity isn’t available. An intelligent arbitration algorithm delivers the best possible results from the cloud or within the on-board system.

Over the last decade, Nuance has been driving in-car voice and touch input innovation with the BMW Group across North America, Europe and Asia.

“We continue to showcase how powerful the connected car user experience can be by integrating embedded and cloud-based natural language voice capabilities that create a more human, conversational interaction,” said Arnd Weil, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Automotive. “Dragon Drive enables a fully customized and branded experience without sacrificing the unique brand and market differentiation.”


The latest capabilities of Nuance’s Dragon Drive are featured in the 2015 BMW Group 7Series shipping since October 2015. A total of 29 languages are supported across different makes, models and functions, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and others.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit

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