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The age of Knight Rider is upon us!

John Moe May 23, 2012

You’ll never believe this but there’s a new way to get distracted while driving your car. I know, right? Nuance Communications has announced a product called Dragon Drive, which it touts as being a Siri for the car. Nuance already makes products that let you control the climate and voice dialing on a phone while you drive. “What’s new here is we’ve extended that control to the cloud. Now you can interact with the Internet as you are driving along,” says CEO Mike Thompson, just before plowing into a tree while looking up something about Miley Cyrus on TMZ.com.

From the LA Times:

A car loaded with Dragon Drive can send a text message for you while you keep your hands on the steering wheel, it can read your emails aloud to you on your way to the grocery store, and you can even ask it to read to you from your favorite online news source.
All you have to say is “next” if you think the article is boring.

You can’t go out and buy Dragon Drive. Nuance will sell only to car makers so it will be preinstalled. Presumably they’re targeting automakers who wish to have their customers killed after accidentally driving off cliffs.

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