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Voice control of text messages

Voice recognition allows you to control functions in the car, e.g. reading out text messages from a connected mobile phone.

Voice control of Sensus Navigation: Useful commands

The following commands may be useful when you want to control your navigation system using voice commands.

Voice control of media

You can control the media player in your car using voice control. You can start playback from various devices, start playback of music, select radio station, etc.

Getting started with voice control

Voice control allows you to control functions in the car, e.g. radio or a connected mobile phone using spoken commands. In cars equipped with Sensus Navigation you can also interact with the navigation system.

Getting started with voice control of Sensus Navigation

Updated 11/25/2019

Getting started with voice control of Sensus Navigation

If your car is equipped with Sensus Navigation you can use voice control to give spoken commands in order to control parts of your navigation system.

Start navigation

Below is an introduction on how you can start to use voice control to control the navigation system in the car. For more information on useful commands, follow the link under "Related information".

Note

Not all system languages support voice control. The system languages that do are highlighted with the symbol in the list of available system languages. More information on which system languages are supported can be found at Voice control language settings.

Voice recognition control of Sensus Navigation

Note

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

To activate a navigation command

Press the steering wheel button for voice control.

You can now give commands, e.g. "Navigation" that start a navigation dialogue and show examples of commands.

Use voice control to get directions to an address

To get directions to a specific address, use the spoken command Go to followed by the address. The order in which the address is given is important. To get directions to an address via voice control the address must be given in the following order: (1) street address; (2) street number; (3) city; according to the following example:

Give the Go to command.

Now you can give the address you want directions to.

Give the street address, e.g. "Kungsgatan"

Give the street number, e.g. "Five"

Give the city, e.g. "Gothenburg"

In this case, the combined command will then be: "Go to Kungsgatan Five, Gothenburg". Provided the address is found in the system, you will now get directions to the address via your navigation system.

Use voice control to get directions to an address in another country or another state

Your navigation system installs sets (increments) of maps for the country or state where the car recognises its location. This means that in order to get correct directions across country or state borders, you need to first tell the system the country or state in which your desired destination address is located. You do this by using the Change country or Change state command. (The Change state command is primarily used in USA. The Change country command is used in the example below.)

Give the Change country command.

Now you can give the country for the address to which you want directions, e.g. "Sweden".

Now give the address to which you wan directions by following the same procedure as in "Use voice control to get directions to an address" above.

In this scenario, the combined command will be divided into 2 subcommands:

  1. "Change country, Sweden"
  2. "Go to Kungsgatan Five, Gothenburg"

Provided the address is found in the system, you will now get directions to Kungsgatan Five, Gothenburg, Sweden, via your navigation system.

Note

After changing country, try to pronounce the address you want directions to in the language of the destination country. This is necessary since the system's recognition changes automatically to the language of the selected country.

Use voice control to get directions to an address given as Home position

If you have given an address in your navigation system as a Home position, you can use a spoken command to get directions to the position.

Give the Take me home command.

If the navigation system has a home position saved, you will now get directions to the position.

Use voice control to get directions to a place, shop or other specific business without giving an exact address

You can use your navigation system to get directions to special places or a specific type of business, so-called points of interest (POIPoint Of Interest). Examples of points of interest are, for example, restaurants, hotels, petrol stations, museums or sights and landmarks.

You use the Search command to search for a point of interest. You can search for both a specific point of interest as well as point of interest categories.

Note

It is important which command you choose to use for obtaining directions to different alternatives. Please note that when you want directions to a point of interest, use the Search command. This is different from when you want directions to specific addresses. Then the Go to command must be used instead.

Search for a specific place or business

[POI name] here refers to a specific place or business, a so-called point of interest, e.g. a hotel, a restaurant, a municipal park, etc.

Give the Search command.

Now you can give a specific point of interest you want directions to.

Give [POI name], e.g. "Castle Forest"

In this case, the combined command will then be: "Search Castle Forest". Provided the place is found in the system, you will now get directions to the place via your navigation system.

Search for a point of interest category e.g. shops, hotels, restaurants, museums or other sights and landmarks or businesses

[POI category] here refers to specific types of place or business, so-called points of interest, e.g. hotels, restaurants, museums, etc.

Give the Search command.

Now you can give the type of point of interest you want to find and get directions to.

Give [POI category], e.g. "restaurant"

In this case, the combined command will then be: "Search restaurant". The navigation system will now search for restaurants located near and around the car, which results in a list in your driver display. The list that appears consists of suggestions the system has produced based on your command. Categories and close results are at the top, and the lower the relevance a suggestion is deemed to have, the lower down the list it appears.

Since you are looking for a category in this example, it may be a good idea to choose the category option closest to your search.

Select the category most appropriate for your search target in the list, in this case "restaurant(s)", by speaking the number of the row in which the option appears in the driver display.

Now you can see your search results and select an option that suits you.

Use voice control to stop directions

If you want to stop directions and all of the intermediate destinations and the final destination, this can be done with a spoken command.

Give the Clear itinerary command.

The navigation system stops the directions and deletes all of the intermediate destinations and the final destination along the route.

How to give postcode and house number

The number commands are stated differently depending on the function to be controlled:

  • Postcodes must be spoken individually, number by number, e.g. zero three one two two four four three (03122443).
  • House numbers can be spoken individually or in groups, e.g. two two or twenty-two (22). It is also possible to state them with hundreds, e.g. 19 hundred 22 (1922). For English and Dutch, several groups can be said in sequence, e.g. twenty-two twenty-two (22 22). For English, double or triple can be used, e.g. double zero (00). Numbers can be given within the range 0-2300.

Set destination using the phone book's contact list

If you want to set the address for a contact in the phone's phone book as destination then you can do this with the "Go to[contact]" command. However, for the address to be found in the database requires that the address is entered with the correct spelling and without abbreviations. To spell-check addresses in HERE's database, go to wego.here.com

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

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

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.

System

Sensus Navigation


This article is applicable to

Car model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

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

XC40, XC60, XC60 Twin Engine, V90 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

V60, V60 Twin Engine and V60 Cross Country of model year 2019 onwards

S60 of model year 2020 onwards

The range of models may vary depending on market.

System

Sensus Navigation


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