Cars with Voice Command Systems South Portland ME

When Ford first announced its plans to jump into bed with Microsoft to create Sync, a voice-command system for in-car media, I had terrible visions of me shouting profanities at the dashboard of a new Focus.

Portland Motor Sales
(207) 879-0124
513 Washington Ave
Portland, ME

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Berlin City Toyota
(207) 321-3477
191 Riverside St
Portland, ME
 
Portlandvolvousedcars
(207) 883-5568
Portland Volvo 9 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME
 
Central Maine Motors Auto
(207) 872-9211
300 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, ME
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Alignment Repair,Auto Body Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Truck Auto Body,Auto Dealers

Downeast Toyota
(207) 989-7515
21 Pierce Road
Brewer, ME
Services
Auto Body Repair,Auto Dealers

Affordable Auto Sales & Service
(207) 878-7880
324 Warren Ave
Portland, ME

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Rowe Special Credit
(207) 854-0038
152 Main St
Westbrook, ME

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Morong Brunswick
(207) 725-4323
314 Bath Rd
Brunswick, ME
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Auto Parts,Oil Change and Lube,Alignment Repair,Auto Repair,Brake Repair,Clutch Repair,Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair,Radiator Repair,Retail Tire,SUV Repair,Transmission Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Shepard Chevrolet Pontiac
(207) 594-8424
181 New County Road
Rockland, ME
Services
Alignment Repair,Auto Body Repair,Clutch Repair,SUV Repair,Truck Auto Body,Van Dealers,Used Trucks Dealers,Auto Dealers

Allen Pond Auto Sales
(207) 946-3023
76 Sumner Rd
Leeds, ME

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The Joy of Voice Command

The Joy of Voice Command By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 


If you’ve ever suffered through your bank’s automated phone system, you probably know voice recognition software leaves something to be desired. What should be a five second exchange between you and an actual person, or you and your phone’s keypad turns into blood-pressure raising event. After all, how many ways can you say “yes” into a phone? When Ford first announced its plans to jump into bed with Microsoft to create Sync, a voice-command system for in-car media, I had terrible visions of me shouting profanities at the dashboard of a new Focus . People in the lanes next to me would stop and stare, mothers would cover their children’s ears – the works.
 

Thankfully, both Ford and Microsoft seem to have done their homework. Sync is billed as a one-stop solution for all of your mobile media. Watching the promo video for the system, it’s hard not to look on with a cynical eye. In the video, a smiling young gent breathlessly commands phone calls, music and text messages by merely pushing buttons on the steering wheel and speaking out loud. Watching it reminds me a bit too much of those amusement park rides that take you through the hall of the future. Have a cell phone? Great. An MP3 player? No problem. Get text messages while you’re driving? Sync’s got you covered in the year 2008! Now where’s my robo puppy?
 
It’s not that I don’t think the premise isn’t great. Though talking on your cell while driving is illegal in California and a few other localities, in most of the U.S. drivers can chat as much as they like – weaving in and out of traffic and taking out orphanages as they go. Even worse are those that somehow believe they can pull off the reverse triple-axle of using a cell phone behind the wheel – the text while driving. It’s not like phones are the only culprits, either. iPods and other mobile media devices are just as bad if you’re looking for a song while flying down the interstate. It’s just that frantically mashing buttons on a steering wheel may be just as bad as eying a keypad while in the captain’s seat if the system doesn’t work properly.
 
To find out for myself, I asked a buddy who had just picked up an ’09 Focus, complete with Sync, to show me the goods. One of my first questions was how easy it is to hook up different media players. Taking along my iPod’s USB cable, all it took to get my Apple to talk with his Blue Oval was plugging it into the in-dash jack. With a quick word about not driving while distracted, Sync immediately recognized the device. Now how’s about searching?
 
Though I felt like a David Hasselhoff stand-in on the set of Knight Rider while barking commands at my buddy’s Focus, the system managed to pick up my selections without too much o...

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