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2012 Mazda 3: Voice Recognition Fail

March 19, 2012

 2012 Mazda Mazda3

Got myself into a voice recognition death spiral with the Mazda 3 last week when trying to pair my phone. As you'll hear, we Edmunds folk have all sorts of creative names for our phones. Mine is called "Josh's phone." But there's also a "Joe's phone." It doesn't go well.

The video picks up somewhere in the middle of the fiasco which went on for about five minutes without the system ever able to distinguish between the two. I eventually gave up and drove home unlinked. Later, over the weekend, it managed to get it right. I did nothing different.

Yes, I jump the gun on answering the system and screw it up worse. At this point I was a bit frustrated. After about eight of these misidentificaitons, you might be frustrated, too.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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