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Why Model S lacks typical voice commands, and has no voice-to-text

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Lex, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. Lex

    Lex Member

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    I am astounded that Model S refuses to take dictation, even for a search, but welcomes QWERTY touch typing instead.

    My guess is the standard vendors are asking too much for Tesla and that Elon is instead planning a Universal Translator.

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  2. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Annoying as all get out. I basically do not use it except to call somebody. But even then, it's easier to simply bring the name up on the center screen.
     
  3. travwill

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    Love my MS since getting it but coming from other nice cars it is missing a LOT of basic things you would expect it to have. Even though its a first model it seems that they would have made certain it had more advanced voice commands, but the one it does have around searching/navigation work well enough. Its missing more obvious physical nice to haves like adjustable seat belts, lights in areas, and much of the stuff promised in V7/Autopilot as well.

    It may have that fancy screen and dash but at a point it just looks fancy and doesn't always mean it can do anything extra ;-). But the battery & drive system, that is what you mainly get the car for!
     
  4. Lex

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    Totally, that's why I don't call my MS a luxury car but a premium car.

    But ultimately, it's one big computer platform and speech to text isn't something new. We're not asking for Siri or Cortana here.
     
  5. Gizmotoy

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    What's baffling to me is that the speech-to-text engine, least for this American English speaker, is fantastic. I can say "Navigate to" and spit out a complicated address, the car converts it to text, automatically searches for it, and begins navigation. That's really impressive.

    But I can't use it to turn on the dome lights... or enable range mode... or any of 100 other commands that are far easier to recognize.

    A lot of much-needed software work fell by the side of the road in order to get autopilot up and running.
     

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