BMW’s 3 Series ActiveHybrid Amongst First Models To Offer Dragon Drive!

Feel like talking to your next BMW? Nuance Communications Inc. announced today that BMW will be making Dragon Drive! Messaging available in the new 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles.

The messaging system will be included in additional models later.

Dragon Drive! Messaging is a new BMW ConnectedDrive feature as part of the latest generation of BMW Navigation system Professional. Unveiled in May, Dragon Drive! Messaging is Nuance’s new automotive-grade connected car service that lets people speak emails and text messages.

The 2012 BMW 7 Series will be the first car to feature Dragon Drive! Messaging, hitting the market in July 2012, with the BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid following later this year.

Dragon Drive! Messaging delivers a fully-integrated mobile assistant messaging experience that lets drivers speak, listen, edit and respond to text messages and emails – keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Drivers can speak simple commands to format e-mails by adding new lines, paragraphs, and speaking punctuation and other format commands.

Dragon Drive! Messaging is available as part of Nuance’s Dragon Drive! highly-specialized hybrid automotive-grade platform. Drivers can interact with their car, minimizing manual and visual distractions.

In addition to the dictation functionality, the new BMW Navigation system Professional also features natural command and control for almost all functions. Drivers can quickly and easily speak one-shot commands for phone calls and navigation, such as “Call John Miller on Mobile” or “Navigate to 100 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available starting this July in six different languages, including U.S. and UK English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. BMW buyers can test Dragon Drive! Messaging for free for 60 days.

Once the trial period expires, Dragon Drive! Messaging will be available as a Nuance service with annual renewal option.

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  • Frankyee

    Hopefully this will stop problems such as texting and driving!

  • john iv

    I think this stuff about sending emails and texts while driving scary. The point of driving is not to keep your eyes on the road and have both hands on the wheel, but to pay attention to what you are looking at. NSC has found that you only register 50% of the information you see when using these devices. And now it seems that more and more of the devices are coming out. When will it stop?

  • Capt. Concernicus

    This is scary. Just as scary as watching people text and drive. People talk about drunk drivers on the road, but everyday more and more people are texting while driving. WAY MORE than there are drunk drivers on the road and it’s increasing.

    No thank you Dragon Drive. These kinds of devices should be immobilized when the car is in motion.

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