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      12-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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Voice dialing: there has to be a better way...

Voice dialing in the current iDrive iteration seems to be pretty clunky. I'm hoping that I'm doing it wrong and someone here can show me a better way to go about it.

In my prior car, a 2008 E93 328i, here's how I would do it:
Me: Call Parents, Home.
Car: Dialing...
In my 2012 E92 M3, here's what I have to do:
Me: Phonebook
Car: Say the name of the person that you want to call.
Me: Parents.
Car: Do you want to call Parents?
Me: Yes.
Car: This entry has multiple numbers, say the one that you want to call.
Me: One.
Car: Entry one?
Me: Yes.
Car: Dialing...
There has got to be a better way to do this... Can anyone help me out?
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Nope......the only other way is to program your parents number to one of the quick keys.....Phil
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Nope......the only other way is to program your parents number to one of the quick keys.....Phil
Can't do that with everyone in my phone book though.

The instruction manual implies a shortcut, but I can't get it to work.

I find it hard to believe they took such a big step back in usability, when everything else appears to have been improved.
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There is a setting in there where you can change the speech from long mode to short mode. It significantly reduces the time to accomplish whatever function you're trying to use.

Before I found that she spoke way too much!

Plus I really miss the old iDrive where you could say "Call Sally work" and it would work every time. Now it's "phonebook", "call Sally" "entry two"..

A step in the wrong direction if you ask me.
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There is a setting in there where you can change the speech from long mode to short mode. It significantly reduces the time to accomplish whatever function you're trying to use.

Before I found that she spoke way too much!

Plus I really miss the old iDrive where you could say "Call Sally work" and it would work every time. Now it's "phonebook", "call Sally" "entry two"..

A step in the wrong direction if you ask me.
Yeah, you're referring to setting the speech mode to "Short". I should try that sometime.

I'm surprised that no one caught that during testing... or tried it and realized how annoying it was.
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      12-18-2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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Does anyone know if the "Eyes Free" iDrive+Siri integration will be available on our cars (hopefully just an update) once it's released in mid-2013? Or is it going to be only available on the next-gen M3s?

Or, alternatively, is there any way for a driver to activate Siri over Bluetooth (i.e. reprogram the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri over Bluetooth)? I'd prefer using Siri to dial a number over the CIC iDrive.

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There is a setting in there where you can change the speech from long mode to short mode. It significantly reduces the time to accomplish whatever function you're trying to use.

Before I found that she spoke way too much!

Plus I really miss the old iDrive where you could say "Call Sally work" and it would work every time. Now it's "phonebook", "call Sally" "entry two"..

A step in the wrong direction if you ask me.
The only problem with short mode is when you need to speak an address. It's like talking in code. I find that long mode works best for address input. But I do agree that the old one worked much better.........Phil
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