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Audi A6, Sedan
#6230 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [sam818]
Mar 27, 2006 (5:51 am)
As far as I know at this point, there are two LPS cars that use the term Technology Package: Audi and Infiniti.
Several of the LPS cars discussed here also have "voice" controlled functions.
What technology package or Technology Package car are you wanting information on? Since we are where we are, I will assume the Audi A6.
Audi's voice control is very good in terms of its ability to accurately interpret your words. After having voice command since my 1987 Audi 5000CS turbo quattro all the way through the On*Star evolution in my 2003 Audi allroad, I can tell you this voice recognition actually recognizes my commands about 98% of the time.
Audis system controls:
The sound system (AM/FM Sat Radio and CD)
The telephone (dialing numbers and recalling named numbers)
The navigation system (navigating to PREVIOUSLY named destinations, previous destinations and special destinations already in the data base and functions of the nav system -- it does NOT allow voice input of an address which is odd considering how well the telephone recognizes numbers and groups of numbers spoken without pre-training.)
The system is very good at recognition, it is, however, somewhat limited in what it can do. I "almost" bought an M35X and on my test drives of the Infiniti system, I can attest that there are MORE commands and controls that can be addressed via voice.
BMW's system, too, is extensive but it seems a bit more finicky but but but the command list is HUGE!
Don't know about Mercedes or Acura -- I assume they are good, but would guess the Japanese are currently the champs in this dept.
#6231 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [markcincinnati]
Mar 28, 2006 (2:19 pm)
My experience with the voice recognition in my 2006 A6 has not been as consistent. I use it primarily for the sound system and navigation, and I would estimate it successfully recognizes my commands about 70% of the time, with the vast majority of the "misses" relating to the radio commands. As a result, I use the steering wheel and console controls more often than voice commands for sound system related functions. I know others are quite enamored with this technology, but I don't find it particularly convenient.
#6232 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [sam818]
Mar 28, 2006 (2:37 pm)
I have the adaptive cruise control, and unlike the voice command, I am very pleased with the functionality. You can set the system to 3 different "intervals" of distance from the car in front, and the system will apply the brakes if necessary to maintain that interval should the traffic slow. The first time this happens, it's a little disconcerting, but otherwise the system operates seamlessly. It will not, however brake the car to a full stop as the new Mercedes does. The system shuts itself down if the speed falls below a preset limit (I think 20 mph). There is also graphic depiction of the rear view of the car in the center display (located between the gages), and the brake lights on the graphic image of the car light up when the system applies the brakes. Pretty cool! I recently took a trip from Boston to New York City, and was able to use the cruise control for just about the entire trip. I think I finally had to shut it off when approaching the GW Bridge. It's a pricey option, but if you do a lot of highway driving in congested conditions I would highly recommend it.
#6233 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [dan339g]
Mar 28, 2006 (4:44 pm)
After years of having to repeat commands about 1/3 of the time, it is so refreshing to be able to say: "Play Page & Plant" or "Play the Vault" or "Play W G U C" and have the system simply go there. With Sirius, I am almost completely off AM and FM radio, so perhaps my experiences would be more like yours if I used the voice command to say the word HERTZ the way it must be said HEARTZ like it is the word HEAR with almost no pause followed by the ZZ.
I have my phone built in to the Audi phone cradle and other than my phone book, I often simply say Dial 411 and let Cincinnati Bell get my number (assuming I don't know it already that is.)
I hope for more controls in future Audis, but am pretty pleased with what I have.
Between you and me, what the heck is wrong with a row of push buttons (like my 2003 allroad had?)
#6234 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [markcincinnati]
Mar 29, 2006 (10:55 am)
Nothing at all wrong with push button radio controls. Granted the voice command does offer a greater number of presets, but my take is this is a case of ergonomic over engineering. Same with the heated seats...not very efficient to have to touch two separate controls to adjust the settings. But then...I'm no engineer!
#6235 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [dan339g]
Mar 29, 2006 (11:27 am)
The rotary dials like are on the rear heated seats used to be the front heated seat controls -- and you are right, why do we now push two instead of one?
I'm only part German and part Irish married to a part Italian part Polish lady, so what do I know?
#6236 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [dan339g]
Mar 29, 2006 (5:29 pm)
I also have trouble with the voice recognition...It makes me think something is wrong with me...My problem is mostly with the occasionaly used phone..I push the button for the heated seat, and then dial the settting, wait about thirty seconds and turn it off...It is that quick...Great Tony
#6237 of 6921 Re: Voice recognition, adaptive cruise control and technology [anthonyp]
Mar 30, 2006 (4:38 am)
After the On*star (phone) voice recognition experience the current A6's software was a pleasure to engage.
However, I must note: when I ask my wife to use the voice control (of the phone) she is often frustrated in her early attempts, for she will vary her cadence and/or not wait for the voice unit to say "Please continue" or she recites a string of numbers too slowly or attempts to cram 10 numbers into the voice unit at once.
My conclusion, I have been trained by the system to know that I can say 7 numbers, wait, then say "Dial" but that I must say the numbers in a somewhat staccato fashion a bit faster than I might say it were I talking to a person.
I mean by this to indicate that these systems have improved substantially over the past 3 or 4 years but that they still require some work on the users part to reach some 95% success.
I find the radio by frequency the most difficult to master since here in Ohio we say Mega - Hurts; and the Audi voice system seems to recognize a British accent more readily.
We say kill - o hurts -- the Audi system wants us to say "keeel - o - hairtz" as far as I can tell.
Well, its better than having to learn, for instance, French or German -- even though that might not be a bad thing!
#6238 of 6921 Power window issue
Apr 17, 2006 (5:27 am)
I think I may have my first warranty issue with my 5 month old A6 3.2. The "auto down/up" feature for the driver's power window, whereby it goes all the way down or up if you depress/pull the button to it's full extent of travel does not seem to be working. I pulled out the manual to see if I had inadvertently disabled this functionality in some obscure MMI sub menu option, since it had been working previously but that does not appear to be the case. It does still work for all the other windows, so I'm thinking it is a just a bad switch. This wouldn't be shocking since it is the most frequently used window, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue.
Apr 17, 2006 (6:03 am)
Just turned 16,000 (3.2) -- typical Audi engine, now fully into phase 2 (or 3 if you count the first 5,000 miles).
Typically more powerful "feeling."
Typically coasts in 6 gear forever.
Now, when I fill it up, the "miles to empty" regularly tops "600" -- yesterday it was 630 briefly.
No, not the real tankful mileage -- I have too much kid in me with my right foot to make that happen.
Points are: more powerful and more economical.
I don't have sport suspension, but do have the 18" tires/wheels and virtually every other doo dad.
Starter switch in the car is number 4. Last time it was replace was in month 5 of owenership (6/2005).
Other problems: NONE.
Not a rattle, squeak or any other less than absolutely tight tight tight feel or sound.