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Nuance's Dragon Drive voice control tech coming to BMW cars this year

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The first cars have been announced for Nuance's Dragon Drive voice control technology, and they include both the BMW 7 and 3 series.

BMW 3 series
BMW 3 series

Back in May Nuance unveiled a new voice control service called Dragon Drive, and today the company has announced the very first cars that will feature the technology. Starting this month the 2012 BMW 7 Series will be outfitted with Dragon Drive Messaging, while later on in the year the 3 Series will be getting similar treatment — with both the Touring and ActiveHybrid models included. The service will be integrated into BMW's "Professional" ConnectedDrive navigation system, and new owners will get a free 60-day trial of Dragon Drive, though it's not clear how much it will cost after that.

Dragon Drive lets drivers listen, write, edit, and respond to both text messages and emails using only their voice and Nuance is also planning to add additional functionality to the service, including the ability to control music playback and search for directions. And since BMW is also one of the companies that will be supporting the upcoming Eyes Free feature for Apple's Siri, new BMW owners should have plenty of options when it comes to voice control.