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In the Prius 2004 #9, the voice recognition is quite comical (and frustrating). I'm curious, what is the "default" response you get whenever the system just doesn't want to understand you? I would have to say that most of the time, the system displays government offices on the map. How it gets "Government Offices" from me saying "Zoom In" or "Heading Up", I'll never understand. And just when I think I got it, something will happen and she'll not understand a thing I'm saying.

I've actually gone through the entire help menu and typed in what it says I'm supposed to say. Attached is that file for your reference.

So if you're buying a Prius with hopes of having a cool voice recognition vehicle, better wait another 10 years until they get it right. I think it's actually safer for me to push the buttons on the screen rather than get frustrated at having my audio turn off or switch from CD to FM radio when I'm asking it to Zoom out.

However, if you're bored on the road and want some comical entertainment, you can start speaking to your car and see how she responds. Start a new game with the kids - take bets on what she will do when you say "Home".

The GPS, however, is outstanding, once you figure out how to load multiple destinations into it.

Enjoy....
 

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entire help menu

I saw your post today regarding voice commands. you said you attached a list of those commands.

Would you please send me that list.

Thank You
Rick
 

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I've only used voice recognition for setting the temperature, and it has worked fine for me. I have a pretty deep voice too, so I was surprised that it worked so well. :) Have you adjusted the voice position so that it's listening to the driver?
 

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I have the best luck when setting the temperature. However, it often misinterprets things I say.

Me: POI Off.
Car: Would you like to go to a Ski Resort?
Me: Sure, but not right now, please turn the POI Off.

Me: Thai food.
Car: Would you like to go to a Police Station?

Me: Cancel Final Destination.
Car: Would you like to go to a Botanical/Zoological Garden?

Does anyone know how to turn POI icons off without speaking? or how about canceling the navigation? Usually I use it to lead me to the freeway and then I can get the rest of the way there myself. Also, why doesn't the car know how to interpret "disc three, track seven" correctly? It clearly understands numbers. When I get the sudden urge to hear a particular song, the car should accomodate me!
 

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Richard said:
Does anyone know how to turn POI icons off without speaking? or how about canceling the navigation? Usually I use it to lead me to the freeway and then I can get the rest of the way there myself.
To turn the POI off without the voice, go into Map View, Show POI Icons, and one of the buttons in there will let you turn them off.

To cancel navigation, it's Menu, Suspend Navigatioin.
 

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Funny about POI off - I found I can say "POI" (rhymes with "Soy") off, or say P-O-I (spell it out) off and it works both ways. I have to say it often since every other command usually ends up adding some POI like the Thai restaurants, Government Buildings, Post offices, etc. She starts to yell at me when I can't display any more POIs, when all I want to do is "Zoom In". The most annoying is when I'm listening to a CD and my simple command changes to FM radio or the next CD or worse yet, turns off audio altogether.

I also have found that the temperature setting works well consistantly for me. However, it's just easier for me to push the Temp up/down arrows on the wheel rather than push the voice button, wait for the tone, guess what temp I want, and pray she'll listen to me...

I think for the money, Toyota should have given us an IR beam that reflects off our eyes and we can select the buttons on the screen just by looking and blinking. Either that or the mind helmet. You think http://coastaletech.com/04prius.htm will have that soon?
 

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I rarely use the Voice feature. I would if it worked with bluetooth.
 

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Just got my 2004 #9 this past Friday. Saw this thread, and I'd have to agree, the voice recognition has so far been completely inaccurate for me. I have not yet _once_ gotten it to recognize a command correctly. I've tried setting the temperature nearly 3 dozen times, and not once has it gotten the message perfect. Most times it does understand temperature, but then proceeds to set the temp to something completely different than what I said. For instance, I'll say to set the temperature to 72 degrees, and it'll set it to 66. Other times it thinks I've said something completely and entirely different. Very dissapointing so far...

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My voice recognition works nearly perfectly. I always make a big impression with friends whenever I demonstrate it. I learned early that there must be practically no ambient noise when the command is given. No wind noise, no fan noise, engine purring quietly better still, not running. And of course, no mumbling. :D
 

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My wife and I have had good luck with our silver #9. The voice recognition seems to get it about 80% of the time when the whole family is in the car. But when she and I are alone, with no ambient noise from the kids, the voice recognition is right on! I just need to learn all of the commands! It is pretty cool! We love our Prius!
 

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My voice recognition works perfectly. I'm used to speaking clearly because of my grandfathers Cadillac Seville. I learned that when talking to the sytem ( may sound funny) i will make my teeth touch between each word. This makes the words more... clear. Good luck everyone.
 

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the only time my voice recognition doesn't work so well is when there is a lot of excess noise in the car. windows open with air rushing in, passengers talking loudly etc... otherwise it works well
 

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whatshisname said:
And of course, no mumbling. :D
I actually get kinda pissy with people if they try and talk when I say "hold on" so I can put a command in... Irritates me... hehe.
Funny story when I first got the car...
I had NO idea what it would and wouldn't accept as a command, etc so I tried this:

Me: Hello
Prius: Command not recognized
Me: Well fine. Screw you then!
Prius: Now showing coffee house locations.
Me: Oh sure... sweeten me up with some coffee... that'll be the day.
Prius: Now showing hotel locations
Me: Whoa baby, I ain't that kind of guy
Prius: Disc up. (It just happened to be a new techno CD I had gotten off ebay and the first track SEEMED to have more of a "porn music vibe."

Overall I'm impressed, but yeah... Little to no ambient sound IS KEY.
 

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Call us pathetic, but we didn't even realize we had a voice rec. car! Ok, well, we KNEW, but it never occured to us that we could use it (I think we're still too used to figuring out the more necessary features). So, this weekend (after seeing this thread a few times) we gave it a whirl.

Yes, those POI icons are turned on no matter what we say. I tried "Home" about 5 times, but I just got 5 different icons. Turning them off has worked about 20% of the time. We just laugh and laugh about it, but it's certainly not a feature we will use for safety.

We've since named the lady who talks to us Dora. If only you could program the voice recognition to answer to her given name...

Kudos again for this bboard - without it, we wouldn't know anything about the car - the manuals are much less fun to read than the bboard! :)
 
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