2013 Dodge Dart: Slick Voice Control Interface
February 8, 2013
I already told you how much I like the navigation system in our long-term 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye. In sum, the interface is simple, it processes requests quickly and the graphics are sharp with good street labeling. Well, since then I've used the voice control interface and it's equally excellent, so much so that I plan to make to make regular use of it.
Here's what makes it so good: You press the voice control button on the steering wheel, say "find address" and then it directs you to enter the entire address, yes, house number, street, city and state, all at once. That's right, you say the whole address just as you would if you were talking to a real person.
It quickly brings up a list of possibilities on the Dart's 7-inch touchscreen for what you said, and for both of the addresses I looked up, the correct address was at the top of the list. Actually, I didn't even have to look at the list, because the system also read the address back to me and asked me if that was correct.
Once it gets a yes, it finds the address on the map and then asks you if you want directions to that location. Give it another audible yes or press the "Yes!" button on the screen and you're in business.
Usually, entering addresses by voice with a factory navigation system is slow, slow, slow, because you have to enter each part of the address separately and, quite often, the speech recognition technology isn't that sophisticated so you have to fuss with choosing line numbers or repeating what you just said. The Dart's voice control system has neither of those flaws and actually offers added convenience, rather than just a last-resort workaround when a system locks out address entry on the fly.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,390 miles