Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Voice recognition, actually works quite well. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Good evening guys,
I have owned my 2006 white diamond 1sc cadillac STS for about two months now, and I ...
I have owned my 2006 white diamond 1sc cadillac STS for about two months now, and I absolutely love this car. I have recently read many threads in regards to the the voice recognition and read many posts of users who where extremely dissapointed with this system. In all honesty I would completely agree with most of you fellow STS owners. I myself have had extremely poor results when trying to figure out the VR system and it's commands. Until recently that is.
A few days ago I stumbled upon a thread where a member recommend to speak into or towards the drivers door panel. Tonight I was bored at home and decided to take out the STS and test this theory.
To my surprise the member could not have been more correct. When speaking into the drivers side door panel the VR system was very effective and surprisingly did not miss or interpret any commands that I threw at it, i was actually taken back as this is the first time the system was working the way it should.
I would encourage all members to try the voice commands by rotating your head towards the drivers side door panel/window. Try speaking toward the security light on the left side of the door panel and please take a minute to post you'r results as I am quite curious to see if this solves most of the VR issues some members have been experiencing.
It seems to work flawlessly for me when at a stop or idle, unfortunately with any road noise interference it's pretty much 50/50. I find if you speak slower and more pronounced the VR system tends to work. Sucks how the tiniest bit of road noise can ruin such a basic command as "windows down" or "windows up".
Close the windows. Lower the fan. Some claim that it helps to set the voice to US English (Male) if you're male and (Female) if you speak in a higher register. I do know the firmware upgrade helps, as does to speak softer rather than louder. Do not stretch your words.
Your manual has a full list of commands, as does the system when you're standing still (or Lockpick engaged), "Display Help." The nice thing about the display "Navi Help" is that if you've got the upgraded firmware, the reduced command set is displayed. That's one of the ways they hoped to improve recognition rates. Words in brackets need not be spoken.
I have seen a post stating that Spanish VR works better. I wonder about French, Italian or German work any better. English has a large number of dialects!
I was born in Brooklyn and still carry a heavy NY accent and the only thing that allowed me to use voice recognition was changing the language to UK English. Now when I
say windows down I get a very British female voice asking "Are you sure..."