USA: Nuance, the company behind the Siri technology, has announced to launch Dragon Drive-its own in-car voice recognition system. Dragon Drive will understand six spoken languages and will recognize and process natural speech more readily than previous systems. At the moment, no manufacturers have signed up to use Dragon Drive, so drivers may have to wait until 2013 or 2014 before they can begin to buy cars with this advanced voice recognition system.
Nuance has had to make several changes to the Siri software to make it suitable for use in cars. The idea is to build the capability directly into the car, so a user can trigger the voice recognition system just by pressing a button on the steering wheel.
Unlike Siri, the user’s spoken commands won’t be processed entirely on remote computers, as this could cause unwelcome delays when the car is traveling at considerable speed and thus rapidly switching to new cellphone towers. Instead, some of Dragon Drive’s voice processing will be done on-board the car; the system’s wireless Internet connection will be used mainly for accessing information that the driver is requesting.
The Dragon Drive system will also reportedly update itself to better distinguish between the user’s voice and background noise created by the car, its motion, and its surroundings.
Earlier in February 2012, Mercedes made an announcement to use Siri with other hardware. The company informed that Mercedes-Benz will be using a home-grown Digital DriveStyle app, future Mercedes vehicles will be be able to access the full content of their iPhone via their in-vehicle display, and use Apple’s Siri voice recognition technology as part of hands-free communication system to send messages, speak commands, select music tracks, make appointments, change the radio, get news and information, and more.