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    swangin50 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    I just bought a 2009 STS and I haven't had any luck trying to get the voice commands to work. I have the button on the right side of the steering wheel. I press button, guy says speak after beep or whatever and after I speak, he says pardon? He does it a couple more times and then says command not reconized or something like that.

    Is there a way to reset it or anything?

    Or any other suggestions?

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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    It takes some practice and isn't really ready for the real world.

    1. Make sure the windows are up & the fan is low or off.
    2. Speak softer, not louder.
    3. Do not stretch out your words.
    4. Some members claim that people who speak in a higher register should set it to the female voice.
    5. 'Navi Help' will display the commands.
    6. The Nav firmware upgrade does help (but it's still this cars weakest feature).

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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    It's generally terrible. In your case, there is no firmware upgrade (your STS is too new and will have the most recent version). It takes a lot of practice and most people find it just isn't worth the effort. Too bad, because it's a nice idea.

    Voice commands are stored on the map DVD. I wish they would work a little bit on this because it should be possible to make improvements. Given that the car is now out of production, I wouldn't hold my breath that this will ever happen.

    Male users should select the male voice option. Female users should select the female option. GM has issued an information bulletin suggesting this may improve performance. Don't get too excited though, it won't magically fix all the VR problems with this system.

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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    I figured out how to use mine .... and it works perfectly for me 100% or the time. I simply don't use it!

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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I will give it a shot. I already tried cussing it out and it didn't help lol.

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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    a member reported recently that if you speak at the window that it hears him perfectly
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    Re: STS Voice Commands Voice Recognition Issues

    I also recall an early member post describing how he re-mounted the microphone to the headliner by his left ear. He claimed improvements to VR and a callers audio experience.

    A Lockpick is a better investment.

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