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I would be interested to know if anyone has been experiencing problems with the Voice Activation function?

This is a feature that most owners, unless they there interested in reading the handbook often overlook, but can make life easier, as well as impressing friends and relatives :winky: by switching things on by mere voice alone.

Howver some functions seem almost completly unrecognisable by the system. Commands such as 'Radio' 'Map' and too a slightly lesser extent 'Audio' amongst others rarely if ever work correctly.

Also, a slightly different subject regarding the track display information function on the In Car Entertainment system. Has anyone found they can display track information from a normal shop bought CD?

Thanks in advance for any feed back.

Regards

Keith

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Obviously with a lot of voice activated things, performance can vary with regards to road noise, cabin noise (it should be near enough silent anyway right? :lol: ), and even your acent!

wrt to displaying track information this works only with CD-Text enabled CDs. Not all commercial CDs from HMV etc support this. iirc most Sony label CDs do have this information stored on the CD...

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you do actually have to speak like Miles Chumley-Warner to get it to work. Any kind of accent scuppers it :D

Likewise I have problems with the voice activation. The otherday I said "Office" so as to set destination on my GPS and it replied "Displaying icons for Coffe Houses". Hmmmm. Maybe it requires a Japanese accent!!!

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you do actually have to speak like Miles Chumley-Warner to get it to work. Any kind of accent scuppers it :D

Likewise I have problems with the voice activation. The otherday I said "Office" so as to set destination on my GPS and it replied "Displaying icons for Coffe Houses". Hmmmm. Maybe it requires a Japanese accent!!!

I have actualy got this problem sorted out. By speaking the command clearly but all importantly in a soft voice it will work correctly nearly all the time. A few commands which are short words it will still have some difficulties with. For example the command "map" has to be said precisely. Although to get round that there is also "show current position" which does the same thing and works virtually all the time.

But as I say the key is to use a soft voice and off course to have as much quiet in the car as possible.

One point, pity the system isnt more comprehensive, my previous cars were Jaguars with voice activation, and they would provide control for dailling phone numbers, selecting pre stored radio stations or a specific CD and track amongst many other commands.

It seems crazy to me that on the Lexus, beyond selecting a stored name (a very long process) its impossible to dial a phone number whilst on the move, either by voice or through the screen, let alone being able to voice select a Cd track or radio station.

Perhaps the new 'LS' range has now addressed some of these issues?

Hope this is of some help

regards

Keith

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