2011 Acura TSX Wagon: Voice iPod Search (Video)
June 07, 2011
Ford has received a lot of play for Sync's ability to search an iPod using voice commands. I usually prefer to just use a control knob and a screen (which is how the iPod itself works), but if you know exactly what you want and want it quickly, the whole voice thing is pretty good.
Well, Ford is no longer the only game in town -- others offer similar functionality, such as Acura. Now with this system, unlike Sync, you don't have to be using the USB input at the time to search or call up something on the iPod. For a demonstration of how it works, see the video after the jump.
So how do you know what these voice commands are? Well, Acura provides a handy cheat sheet to peruse separate of the master owner's manual. Should you not care to do that oh-so-painful bit of homework, the screen even tells you what to say. Note that it says "Play" and then a list of possible things it can play.
But regardless of how this works, let's just take a moment to marvel at this technology. Twenty years ago, telling a computer using your voice to do anything was only something you could accomplish while serving on the Enterprise-D.
Ah progress ... cue the carousel.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,600 miles