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    Default These are a few of my favorite voice commands

    I've read a few posts that take, almost as a given, that the voice commands suck. My experience in my 2013 has been the complete opposite. I can avoid touching the center console while driving which helps me keep my eyes on the road and it's rare that it makes a mistake. If you've been dissuaded from trying voice commands, at least based on my experience, you should give it another try.

    Here are a few of the voice commands I use all the time, not in any particular order, and here are a few I wish the Volt had. I just rapidly press the voice command button twice and:

    Tune AM (or FM or XM)
    Tune AM 880
    Bluetooth audio (to listen to my audio book starting off right where I left it)
    USB
    Navigation-Directed Address
    Navigation-Point of Interest (I found a restaurant I **thought** I knew where it was when I didn't really)
    Play song <song name here>
    Play album <album name here>
    Call <contact name>

    Like to haves:
    I'd like to be able to switch my favorite screens
    Bring up screens like home, now playing, climate, etc
    Turn on and off climate settings
    The 2012 bluetooth passthrough
    Ask it how long until I reach my destination

    What are your experiences with voice commands?
    What are your most common ones?
    What would you want to add?
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    See this thread for a list of voice commands. I've used many of them on my 2011. I do not know if there are more on later years.

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    I love the concept and do try it periodically, but the rigidity of the feature insofar as the commands is very frustrating. If you say "Play FM" instead of "Tune FM," you get nothing. If you say "Play Bluetooth" or "Tune Bluetooth," you get nothing. If you ask for Navigation and then Help, you are given the option of just saying "Home." However, that doesn't work -- you must say "Go Home." If Siri were as rigid as this, Apple couldn't get anybody to use it. Technology today is so advanced that you should be able to just describe in your own words what you want the system to do, and it should do it.

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    While technology is advance, profitability for a company is limited to how much technology license they can take one before the profit margins are diminished.

    I agree with your statement that technology today is advanced. But, as advanced as it is, sustainability of keeping people employed for a long time with stability is a challenge to bring any technology to market. To license the Siri API, I couldn't imagine how much the charge to integrate that. GM had to sacrifice certain things.

    Quote Originally Posted by bentbiker View Post
    I love the concept and do try it periodically, but the rigidity of the feature insofar as the commands is very frustrating. If you say "Play FM" instead of "Tune FM," you get nothing. If you say "Play Bluetooth" or "Tune Bluetooth," you get nothing. If you ask for Navigation and then Help, you are given the option of just saying "Home." However, that doesn't work -- you must say "Go Home." If Siri were as rigid as this, Apple couldn't get anybody to use it. Technology today is so advanced that you should be able to just describe in your own words what you want the system to do, and it should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoltGuy2014 View Post
    While technology is advance, profitability for a company is limited to how much technology license they can take one before the profit margins are diminished.

    I agree with your statement that technology today is advanced. But, as advanced as it is, sustainability of keeping people employed for a long time with stability is a challenge to bring any technology to market. To license the Siri API, I couldn't imagine how much the charge to integrate that. GM had to sacrifice certain things.
    Why invest at all in a poor implementation of sub-par technology? I imagine a very small % of owners use the voice commands - because it's too much work. And not just the voice command - much of the UI is not as intuitive as it could be and doesn't conform to accepted design and usability norms. Wouldn't it be great if we could appreciate the software as much as we do the rest of the car?
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    If Gm was smarter they would use Android as a basis for everything since it is open source and familiar to most everyone

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    Not quite. There's a different GPL License that has a different meaning to big corporations. Although, I do have to agree in respect to technology. In terms of implementation, it's more of a legal issue, logistics issue, resources issue.

    Requires some traceability matrix, and feasability study to understand the true cost of production of software and profit margins. The Engineers cannot just think for themselves, they must think about those people who are working in production as well. I think that's a problem a challenge for everybody.

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    If Gm was smarter they would use Android as a basis for everything since it is open source and familiar to most everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbiker View Post
    Technology today is so advanced that you should be able to just describe in your own words what you want the system to do, and it should do it.
    I don't think any of us will deny there was a learning curve to fully use this car. More that most. Yes you can just put it in D and go and not take full advantage if you choose but I think we'd also all agree if you do put in the time you get a nice payoff. The same applies here. Yes I had to learn a few commands. Yes I said "play FM" the first few times but now it's second nature and it makes the driving experience better and safer. It works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezr View Post
    .... I imagine a very small % of owners use the voice commands - because it's too much work. ....car?
    I think that you are over generalizing you dissatisfaction..

    I use voice commands on every drive-

    I had to learn to wait for the beep and then pause my voice, because I normally interrupt everyone, and I had to learn that adding words to a number stream is a mistake, and I had to learn that the words too nad two and tree and three are all confusing to the system ( and more like this) and that spoken letters are not a strong point for the system. and I had to clean up some of my 2500 contact entries which were confusing to others, but other that these things to learn, I've found the voice command system functiona. My only wish is that I could say "tune favorite band 3 station 2" which would be much faster than clicking up or down through 15 favorites stations......

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradstone View Post
    I've read a few posts that take, almost as a given, that the voice commands suck. My experience in my 2013 has been the complete opposite. I can avoid touching the center console while driving which helps me keep my eyes on the road and it's rare that it makes a mistake. If you've been dissuaded from trying voice commands, at least based on my experience, you should give it another try.

    Here are a few of the voice commands I use all the time, not in any particular order, and here are a few I wish the Volt had. I just rapidly press the voice command button twice and:

    Tune AM (or FM or XM)
    Tune AM 880
    Bluetooth audio (to listen to my audio book starting off right where I left it)
    USB
    Navigation-Directed Address
    Navigation-Point of Interest (I found a restaurant I **thought** I knew where it was when I didn't really)
    Play song <song name here>
    Play album <album name here>
    Call <contact name>

    Like to haves:
    I'd like to be able to switch my favorite screens
    Bring up screens like home, now playing, climate, etc
    Turn on and off climate settings
    The 2012 bluetooth passthrough
    Ask it how long until I reach my destination

    What are your experiences with voice commands?
    What are your most common ones?
    What would you want to add?
    Do you have to already have the radio powered on to do voice commands.. ? Like Bluetooth audio
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