Forsooth! It has been told that the magic of Apple’s Siri doth soon grace thine automobiles.
But, oh, while thine presence is not yet known, how we look forward to thee and thy voice-activated powers.
Hark! But what is that in the distance? Be it BMW’s Dragon Drive hands-free messaging and speech-to-text service? If they be present in but one automobile, how will such entities coexist? ‘Twill it be settled with a feud of family crests, Apple versus Dragon Drive’s Nuance parent company? How will thy day be rued?
We’re pretty sure you asked yourself the exact same thing—terrible Shakespearean English mashup and all—when you heard voice commands and Siri were both coming to a car near you. But rather than a battle of houses, it looks like the technology will integrate pretty seamlessly with one another, if not one complement the other.
BMW, one of the more forward-thinking companies when it comes to phone integration, is using Nuance’s Dragon Drive as one of the highlights of its 2013 ConnectedDrive suite. With it, drivers will be able to record up to two minutes of audio, sending the clip of spontaneous inspiration to an email account or another phone via an SMS feed while driving. Everything will be controlled via one button on the steering wheel and voice commands, and Dragon Drive will be the basis for the natural-talk voice command functions for other tasks like entering an address in the car’s navigation.
But then BMW is also going to be the first of a handful of automakers to start using Apple’s Eyes Free software that integrates the Siri personal assistant into the car, too. It will work from the same button as the Dragon Drive software, but it will operate separately. Whereas Dragon Drive will be able to read Bluetooth MAP, allowing text messages to show up on-screen in a car, the iPhone 4S does not. That will likely be rectified when Apple brings out the iPhone 5 this fall.
Coincidentally, it is believed Siri runs off the same Nuance backbone that powers Dragon Drive, albeit licensed and run autonomously. That means that while Dragon Drive doesn’t share more than a button with Siri when it comes to in-car connectivity, the two might eventually cross paths, spawning a super cloud-based hands-free network instead of two semi-competing infotainment ideas run apart.
Think of it more as Shakespeare’s Henry V with far less bloodshed.
Source: Wired Autopia