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#36 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [tfelton]
Jan 25, 2009 (4:51 pm)
Since I posted the earlier message, I've done some extensive checking and have now done everything that I know to do. The only problem that I'm having is the voice recognition system doesn't recognize the "nine". It usually will "hear" a five instead. There was also a problem with it recognizing a name that I had entered. I remembered that the door was open when I was entering all of the data, etc., so I thought that some noise from outside of the car had distorted my pronunciation of that partictular name entry. So, I deleted the entry and re-entered with all of the doors closed. That fixed that problem. I went back and deleted 2 telephone numbers that I had previously entered that contained a "nine", then re-entered those 2 telephone numbers, hoping that it would correct the problem with recognizing the "nine". Unfortunately, it didn't fix the problem. I've actually tried directing my voice in several different directions in hopes that I could find a direction to voice my number, but I had no luck. I tried your suggestion of directing my voice toward the steering wheel, but this didn't fix the problem either. I even tried using different accents and pronouncing "nine" in many different ways, but no luck again. I have tried everything I know with no fix. So, I am in the process of setting up an appointment with the Southeast Toyota bluetooth expert so that he can examine my bluetooth to see what can be done. This is the only problem that I now have with the bluetooth.
#37 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [warren35]
Jan 26, 2009 (7:04 am)
I hope he can help you. Since this is a common problem for Toyota Bluetooth and not just for your setup it may not be fixable unless they have a software upgrade available. It seems you've tried everything.
I believe there is also a system whereby you can put the number in by dialing with the phone. I haven't been able to figure out how to do that yet.
#38 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [tfelton]
Jan 26, 2009 (6:52 pm)
You can use the bluetooth in another way. I've opened my cell phone, opened the phone book, then selected the number of the person that I wanted to call and then hit "call". When the person that I called answers, it comes through the bluetooth system. In the mean time, I leave the cell phone in the opened position sitting in my lap. That way it's hands off after you've dialed on your cell phone. After the call has ended, I hang up the phone with the steering wheel button. Then I close the phone in my lap.
Another concern that I have is that the navigation system may not recognize some of the commands that are in that system. I haven't gotten that far. Before I meet with the Southeast Toyota bluetooth expert, I want to check out all (or most) of the commands in the navigation system. I have found that it takes a lot of time to learn these two systems and to test them too. The bluetooth system with the cell phone is pretty straight forward, actually. I scanned through the navigation instruction booklet today, and it appears that I will have to spend much more time with this system testing the commands.
If you should learn anything, I would appreciate your sharing it with me. I'll post again when I get through the navigation system and again after meeting with the bluetooth expert.
#39 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [warren35]
Jan 27, 2009 (3:12 pm)
If you do as Warren says, even after turning off the carís engine the call can remain open as long as you donít close your phone. By putting the ignition back in the ďAccĒ mode, the car will pick up the call again. The message is: you donít have to keep the engine running in order to maintain the call up (handy when, say, you reach your destination but you haven't finished talking).
And you can maintain the call active through the carís system even if the phone is away from the car (about 12 feet of clear space between you carrying the phone and the vehicle). This way you can talk through the phoneís mike and still hear the whole thing through the vehicle speakers (ideal when youíre outdoors around friends in a picnic and they all want to participate in the call). The message: you don't have to be inside the car if there's no need to.
#40 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [amauhry]
Jan 27, 2009 (6:36 pm)
That's good information that you've posted. I have found that you can just sit in your car with the engine off, but the key in the "acc" mode and you can experiment. I have spent a pretty good bit of time just testing the voice recognition system and playing with all of the different commands.
Thanks everyone. Let's keep this thread going.
Questions anyone or any good suggestions?
#41 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [warren35]
Jan 28, 2009 (7:47 am)
Kool, isn't it?
This much I know: the Bluetooth in my Avy is a power Class 2 device, meaning that it can reach up to about 32 feet of wireless radio communication. The fact is, being that Bluetooth uses radio waves, you donít need to have a clear path between the phone and the Bluetooth antenna.
In practice, Iíve been only about 10-12 feet away from the car with no obstruction in between.
#42 of 68 Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [amauhry]
Jan 29, 2009 (11:50 am)
I got word back this morning from my dealer and he said that the rep at Southeast Toyota said that Toyota acknowledges that there is a problem with the voice recognition system with distinguishing the "nine". He also said that Toyota should have a DVD that will be sent to each 2009 Avalon owner that will fix this problem and said that it will be done around mid-year. I'm not sure that us owners will receive a DVD, I think that you will be notified to come to your local Toyota dealer to have the DVD inserted by their tech to update the software.
One other thing that I learned that should be very helpful for all new 2009 Toyota owners is that there is a site that you can visit to get tutorials on most of the features of the cars. I went to the site today and looked at it briefly and saw that the latest Toyota Avalon is a 2008 and the 2009 model wasn't listed. I don't think this makes any difference. This site is www.toyotaiguide.com. The tutorials seem to be basic but very helpful. I hope this helps everyone.
#43 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [warren35]
Jan 29, 2009 (1:05 pm)
I have an '08 Avalon; however, I believe there is very little difference between the '08 and the '09 especially with regards to this feature. At least I hope so. I will ask my service department about this mid-year. Thanks for the update.
#44 of 68 Re: Voice Recognition Problem with 2009 Avalon [warren35]
Jan 29, 2009 (1:23 pm)
Me again. I just went to the toyotaiguide.com and found that the 2008 was the last listing. The guide was very handy and I was able to find out how to adjust the volume of the phone. It was very loud and annoying.
#45 of 68 Re: 2007 avalon bluetooth "option" [woodya29]
Mar 29, 2009 (2:59 am)
Hi All, I am purchasing a 2006 Avalon Limited and wanted to know if anyone has used this Bluefusion from Scosche. It appears to have just been released based upon the below link
Scoche Press Release for Bluefusion for Toyota
Has anyone used this or taken a closer look? It appears to be a fully integrated Bluetooth device. Also does streaming audio from ipod or MP3
Here are some tidbits from the PR I linked to above.
"Scosche's BlueFusion is easily installed without cutting or splicing factory wiring and can be done with a simple plug-and-play harness. Simply route the microphone where desired and use Scosche's installation instructions to connect the interface. With Scosche's tuneSTREAM (# TZ4) stereo Bluetooth transmitter users can stream audio from their iPod or iPhone directly to any factory stereo connected to BlueFusion.
BlueFusion is designed to interface Bluetooth hands-free (HFP) and streaming audio (A2DP) to a consumer's factory stereo. Scosche's BlueFusion offers advanced capabilities such as caller ID displayed on the factory screen with easy "answer" and "end call" buttons located on the steering wheel controls or assigned buttons of a factory stereo, and voice dialing for a true hands-free solution. Whether listening to a CD or just tuned into a radio station, Scosche's smart interface will switch itself to the correct source to view the caller ID. The interface menu enables users to check missed calls and dialed calls. Scosche's built-in DSP noise and echo cancelling software ensure a crystal clear conversation even in noisy vehicles. "