Getting started with voice recognition

Getting started with voice recognition

Voice control allows you to control functions in the vehicle, e.g. radio and media or a connected cell phone. In cars with Sensus Navigation, you can also integrate with the navigation system. To get started with voice recognition, there are a few points to note.

What is voice recognition?

The voice control system allows you to control certain infotainment and climate functions using voice commands. The system can respond with speech and by displaying information in the driver display.

You can control selected elements of Volvo applications for media, radio, navigation, telephone, messages and climate. For example, you can set an address as your destination, play a song, call a contact from your phone book, have text messages read out to you or set the temperature in your car.

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The voice recognition system

Start voice recognition

Getting started with voice recognition

Settings and menus in the center display vary depending on software version.

P5–1507–Voice control symbol

Briefly pressing the voice recognition button on the right-hand side of the steering wheel starts a dialogue. When you have pressed this button, you will hear a beep and the voice recognition symbol will be shown in the driver display.

This shows that the system has started to listen and you can now start to speak. As soon as you start to speak, recognition is trained to understand your voice; this takes a few seconds and you do not need to start voice training.

Use voice recognition

Speak at a natural pace and using a normal conversational tone. In order for the system to understand what you want, it is important to say, for example, the command "Go to" followed by an address. To drive to a specific address, use the command Go to[Address]. If you want to play back music by a certain artist, say, for example, "PlayMadonna".

To change the system volume, turn the volume knob when the voice is speaking. You can use other buttons while using voice recognition. However, other sound will be muted during dialogue with the system, which means that it is not possible to execute any functions linked with sound using the buttons.

For information on how to improve voice recognition, see Improving the use of voice control.

Cancel voice recognition

There are several ways in which to cancel voice recognition:

  • Hold down the voice recognition button until you hear two beeps.
  • Briefly press the voice control button and say "Cancel".

Voice recognition will also be cancelled if you do not respond when the system speaks. The system will ask for a response three times first, but if you do not then respond it will be cancelled automatically.

Updating voice control

The voice control system in your car is under continuous improvement. You can download update files yourself. For further information, see Updating voice control.

Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

XC40 of model year 2019 and later

V60 of model year 2019 and later

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Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

XC40 of model year 2019 and later

V60 of model year 2019 and later

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Updating voice control Improving the use of voice control Language settings for voice control Text message voice recognition

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