As part of its never-ending quest to distinct its vehicles from Mercedes and Audi, BMW is teaming-up with Nuance to allow its customers to safely use their phones while driving. The new 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles will be the first to get Dragon Drive! Messaging as part of the latest generation of BMW Navigation system Professional. This means, BMW drivers will be able to “go beyond” making and taking phone calls, but also to send text messages and emails while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
In addition to the dictation functionality, the new BMW Navigation system Professional also features natural command and control for almost all functions. Drivers can 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 in BMW vehicles starting in July 2012 in six different languages, including US and UK English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. BMW buyers can test Dragon Drive! Messaging for free for 60 days, and once the trial period expires, the capability is available via annual subscription.