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Old 19th December 2008, 10:35   #1
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Voice input for nav destination entry...

I've played around with the voice input for entering destinations and it's remarkably good with place names, but for some reason, I can't get it to understand numeric street names.

For example how would you voice: 95th Street East

I've tried:
> "Nine" "Five" "Street" "East"
> "NinteyFifth Street East"
> "NinteyFive" "Street" "East"
etc.

Is there a trick to this or is my voice just unintelligible with numbers?
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Old 19th December 2008, 13:08   #2
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(Good thread starter-I've wondered this too)

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I've played around with the voice input for entering destinations and it's remarkably good with place names, but for some reason, I can't get it to understand numeric street names.

For example how would you voice: 95th Street East

I've tried:
> "Nine" "Five" "Street" "East"
> "NinteyFifth Street East"
> "NinteyFive" "Street" "East"
etc.

Is there a trick to this or is my voice just unintelligible with numbers?
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Old 19th December 2008, 20:40   #3
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I just never seem to use my voice activation. I think I have one of those voices that the car does not understand. I think I lived in Houston too long.... I guess I need to play around with it more but it is just easier to go to the iDrive.
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Old 22nd December 2008, 10:17   #4
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Maybe you have to say "1" for English first?
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I have usually had success with most voice commands on BMW's, but the navigation destination input is NOT one of them.

I used to have a 2006 E90 330i. The initial version of iDrive did not have voice commands for navigation destination, but later versions did. I was able to sucessfully use voice to enter the State and City/Town, but the street address was only recognized maybe half the time.

Now that I have a 2008 M5 with what I would assume would be the most recent software, I again can enter the State and City/Town, but I have NEVER been able to get the street name to be recognized by voice command.

After living in so many places up and down the East Coast, I don't really have much of a regional accent. It's starting to look like this is more of a universal problem with the voice commands with BMW. Though, I must admit it does a good job of ALL of the other commands and even recognizing names from my bluetooth contact list (500+ entries)
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Though, I must admit it does a good job of ALL of the other commands and even recognizing names from my bluetooth contact list (500+ entries)
That's the bizarre thing... It will even recognize strange pronunciations like the Chinese name "Xu" from my address book but it cannot understand basic numbers like "one" "two" "three"...

I'm glad it's not just me.

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Wouldn't that be the same as entering a high tracknumber on your iPod?
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