2012 Toyota Prius C Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Vexing Voice Command

August 29, 2012

Toyota's Nav systems are usually user friendly -- large graphics, logical controls, reliable voice recognition. But I discovered the Prius C's "One Shot" voice command feature can be an exercise in frustration. It took no less than four attempts to give it my destination.

The reason? No, not because of my Boston accent (other Toyota/Lexus/Ford/Acura/etc systems don't seem to mind it). My guess is that it asks for and has to process too much speech input at once -- you say "Destination" and then the whole address (including state) rather than having separate prompts/inputs for street number/street/city/state. "One Shot" would seem convenient and maybe it works great for some folks. But despite my subsequent robotic enunciation (which included pronouncing my "R'"s clearly), it still took four attempts before it got it.

Another pet peeve is the screen catches a lot of glare, as you can see here. It needs to either have a hood or an adjustable tilt function. 

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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