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Audi Uses Nuance's Speech Engine in New A3 Model

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Nuance said that Audi will be using its speech recognition in the next generation of the Audi A3 hatchback and sedan.

The vehicle will be integrating the company's Dragon Drive! Messaging as the technology behind Audi's connect Messaging service that enables text message dictation while driving.

"The in-car experience is quickly evolving from simply keeping drivers entertained to keeping them connected and productive in safer, smarter ways," said Arnd Weil, vice president and general manager, automotive, Nuance Mobile, in a prepared statement." Dragon Drive! Messaging’s flexible and customizable architecture enables world-leading automotive brands like Audi to deeply integrate powerful voice capabilities as part of their unique in-car experience, without compromising quality or adding dangerous distractions."

While Audi has confirmed that it will bring both the sedan and five-door hatchback ("sportback") versions of the A3 to the U.S. for the 2014 model year, it is unclear whether the text messaging engine will make it as well as Nuance said that it will "initially support several European languages" at the end of this year. When the A3 arrives in the U.S., expect at least three different engine options, including turbocharged four-cylinders with 220 hp and 300 hp, as well as a turbo diesel with 150 hp. Prices should start just under $29,000.

 

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    husker , October 16, 2012 9:25 PM
    Although speech to text is undoubtedly safer than fumbling with a phone, why should we just assume that there is no safety hazard? Is there any evidence that it is the same as talking on a hands free phone? The assumption is that it is safe, but where is the evidence?
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    beenthere , October 16, 2012 10:10 PM
    Any driver distractions are a very bad thing IMO.
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    _Cubase_ , October 16, 2012 10:21 PM
    huskerAlthough speech to text is undoubtedly safer than fumbling with a phone, why should we just assume that there is no safety hazard? Is there any evidence that it is the same as talking on a hands free phone? The assumption is that it is safe, but where is the evidence?


    Well, we could consider that when someone is texting (while driving) they sacrifice one hand and both their eyes intermittently to do it. Where as voice commanding still leaves both hands on the wheel, and both eyes on the road. That's not to say either way is not a compromise on safety, but I'd rather ride with the person who merely talking to the car, rather than a intermittently one armed blind man!
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2012 11:00 PM
    I can't wait to see what creative 'interpretations' the speech engine will produce.

    I want to meet you at the club = I want to meat you at the club.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 2:12 AM
    A man is waiting in a heavily jammed street and hoping to be there right on time to meet this new girl.

    The man wanted to text the girl: "I will be there on time xxxx you straight from back, really"

    actual mean was:" I will be there on time and taking Yolly street back alley"
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    razor512 , October 17, 2012 2:29 AM
    A better design would be to have the car come with a copy of dragon naturally speaking, then after the user sets it up on their PC (extremely good voice control for your PC), they can import the speech file into their car for better recognition. A fully trained dragon naturally speaking voice file is more accurate than any no training required cloud like force service.