Connected Vehicle

Nuance includes AI and contextual reasoning in Dragon Drive connected car framework

Published: 20 October 2016

Nuance Communications Inc. announced that the Dragon Drive connected car framework will now have contextual reasoning which will allow AI to deliver contextualized and personalized recommendations for navigation, dining, gas stations, points of interest (POI) and other domains. The service can be integrated across a variety of Dragon Drive’s Domain applications designed specifically for the in-car experience, and is entirely accessible through a conversational user interface or haptic feedback where appropriate.


The Contextual Reasoning Framework leverages Nuance’s advancements in Artificial Intelligence to exploit domain knowledge in a context-sensitive manner to provide a more intelligent experience behind the wheel.

A core element of Nuance’s Automotive Assistant offering, the new Contextual Reasoning Framework can proactively provide information and make recommendations by performing reasoning on a large repository of knowledge, in combination with a driver’s preferences, location and situational context, and the data from the car’s sensors. Each entry of the knowledge repository can range over general, spatial and temporal knowledge, domain-specific knowledge about parking, fuel stations, and information specific to certain geographic markets and vehicle characteristics. Thousands of knowledge entries can be combined based on the needs of the automakers and its consumers.

“Today’s cars both access and generate a large amount of purposeful data that, when leveraged in the right way, can create a highly personalized and intelligent driving experience,” said Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer, Nuance. “We’re applying our latest advances in AI reasoning to automotive data and drivers’ personal preferences, to give in-car systems the ability to make thoughtful recommendations – just as a collaborative human assistant would.”

“Contextual reasoning brings to bear our vision for an automotive assistant that is fully optimized for the in-car experience,” said Arnd Weil, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Automotive. “We’re applying AI to one of the most complex challenges – an intelligent connected car that is conversational, intelligent, proactive and safer to engage. Further, our reasoning engine is fully integrated with other applications and services that matter to drivers – navigation, parking, traffic, in-car diagnostics, music, POI, and more, giving automakers an AI-driven platform that they can fully customize as part of their own branded experience.”



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