Nuance’s Dragon Drive Voice-Enables Hyundai’s Next-Generation Connected Car

  Nuance’s Dragon Drive Voice-Enables Hyundai’s Next-Generation Connected Car

 Hyundai Showcases its Connected Car Prototype at CES, Bringing Intelligent,
        Conversational In-Car Connectivity to the Mass Consumer Market

2013 International CES

Business Wire

BURLINGTON, Mass. & LAS VEGAS -- January 8, 2013

Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and Hyundai announced today the
development of a new voice-enabled infotainment system with Nuance’s
automotive-grade Dragon Drive platform. Hyundai’s vision for its
next-generation connected cars is on display at the 2013 International
Consumer Electronics Show in the North Hall, Booth 315.

Hyundai’s new infotainment system deeply integrates Nuance’s Dragon Drive
natural language understanding automotive voice platform to showcase the power
of conversational interfaces as part of a safer, smarter in-car experience.
Hyundai’s next-generation of cars will include natural language voice-enabled
phone dialing, message dictation, destination entry – by address or point of
interest – and searching for music both in the car or streaming from online
music services. For example, people can say:

  *“Call my brother on his mobile”;
  *“Send a text message to my wife: I’ll grab the milk on the way home”;
  *“Get directions to Legal Harborside on the Waterfront in Boston;”
  *“Play a song by Taylor Swift”.

Hyundai is also among the first automakers to introduce “Welcome Mode,”
leveraging Nuance’s personal assistant capabilities designed for the connected
car. Drivers are greeted with a personal message when they enter the car,
along with personalized greeting using Nuance’s text-to-speech. This greeting
includes updated weather forecast at the user’s location, a personal playlist,
or even directions based on a user profile supplied by Hyundai.

“Consumers expect to be connected to people and content no matter where they
are. And when they are behind the wheel, it’s our responsibility to balance
that demand with features that minimize the potential for driver distraction,”
said Michael O’Brien, vice president of Product and Corporate Planning at
Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai is committed to stay at the forefront of
innovation, and by leveraging Nuance’s Dragon Drive platform for our
next-generation infotainment systems, we’ll be able to bring the broad
consumer market smart, innovative and intuitive experiences powered by voice.”

“People have deep and personal connections to their devices and the content
they offer – their in-car experiences shouldn’t be any different,” said Arnd
Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance Mobile.
“Hyundai’s connected car prototype demonstrates the flexibility and broad
capabilities of our Dragon Drive platform, where Nuance’s voice technologies
deliver an intelligent, conversational exchange between people and their cars
to keep them connected no matter where life’s journey brings them.”

Dragon Drive is Nuance’s automotive-grade platform that fully harnesses
Nuance’s deep expertise and research in natural language understanding voice
technologies to deliver connected and embedded capabilities such as voice
dialing, message dictation, navigation, local business search and music
search. The result is a smarter, safer in-car experience that lets drivers
keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Dragon Drive is a part of Nuance’s broad Dragon portfolio, including Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Voice Assistant, Dragon
Mobile Assistant, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon TV and Dragon ID, all
humanizing the way people engage their phones, tablets, TVs, cars and
computers – just by using their voice. To learn more about all that Nuance’s
Dragon portfolio has to offer, visit www.nuance.com and
www.nuancemobilelife.com.

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 www.nuance.com.

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Media:
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Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com
 
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