Sign in to follow this  
thelazydogsback

Voice Dialing Woes...

Recommended Posts

I love my new 2008 400h as far as the auto itself goes - but voice interface is embarrassingly bad - I really don't see how a company like Lexus could let the system roll off the line for a $50,000 automobile.

Voice dialog, what should be a one-click operation, takes so many delays, button presses, and confirmations that it's virtually useless, and the name dialing isn't even speaker-independent but is template-based and must be trained per-item. Dialog with the verbose female prompt is so bad, it sounds like a pardody of a 'bot from a bad BBC space-comedy.

The advise of the resident Lexus tech. specialist is to simply not use the feature and rely on position-dependent speed-dials. (Remeber those boxes from the '70s??)

So, okay, the system is pretty bad -- but I should just be able to click on the voice button and instead have it initiate the great voice-dialing that my phone (blackberry pearl - speaker-independent and updated over-the-air from my exchange server) already has, right?

(Just as any $40 bluetooth headset could do.) Hmm- no, can't seem to find an option for voice bypass to the phone.

Not only can voice dialing not be initiated from the car, but if I initiate voice-dialing from the phone, the phone recieves input from neither the 400h's mic., nor the blackberry mic. which is now shunted by the bluetooth connection.

I miss the voice prompting (TTS street names, etc.), great rendering and sensible features that my Garmin Nuvi nav. had as well, but I can live with a worse nav. - but really, I think I should be able to dial my phone for $50,000.

Anyone please have a solution for this??

thanks!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this