Ever fancy checking your Facebook and Twitter updates while driving?
A new collaboration between text-to-speech specialists Nuance, and
Teutonic vendors of automotive goodness, BMW, could let you do so without taking your eyes off the road.
Nuance has announced that it is powering the voice
technologies behind BMW’s latest ConnectedDrive system which will let drivers stay
connected to Twitter and Facebook while on the go.
The technology will let you hear readouts of status and news
updates from your favourite social networks. Many of you may be wondering just
who wants to hear their Facebook news feed read out to them, but it seems as if
it’s quite a few people.
According to research carried out in Germany, almost half of drivers
polled said they would like to have the ability to dictate and hear messages while
“BMW ConnectedDrive gives drives the option to stay
connected to Facebook and Twitter feeds by simply pushing the ‘Play’ button to
have comments and updates read aloud with Nuance’s natural, multilingual and
humanlike text-to-speech technology.”
The BMW ConnectedDrive featuring Nuance’s text-to-speech is
available in 14 different languages. It operates through an app on the
driver’s smartphone and will even read out appointments from your calendar – so
you will know if you need to speed up or slow down while on the road.