asher63 (asher63) wrote,


So, I've been driving around town with this crazy woman in my car.

She talks too fast and too much, as if she's had way too much coffee. She gives me confusing, contradictory directions, takes me on seemingly random detours, and can never seem to make up her mind what she wants me to do. She is, literally, driving me crazy.

She is Google Lady, the voice of the Google Nav on my Android phone, and she's the one I've gotta follow when I do my deliveries using the Uber app. She makes me long for the soothing tones of my longtime companion, Garmin Lady, but I guess you can get used to anything.

Last night I thought I'd try to get along without her for a run. Big mistake. The delivery was just straight down Burnside and I thought "Oh I'll just go down Burnside and turn right on 1st." Except that I don't know the city as well as I thought I did: you can't turn onto 1st from Burnside, and I ended up having to continue across the bridge to Eastside and turn around - using the nav, of course. Google Lady had had the last laugh. I felt compelled to apologize.

"Okay, Google Lady, I'm sorry I doubted you - "

"To use voice command, say 'OK Google', and then ... "

* sigh *

It's going to be an interesting relationship.
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That's okay. I get annoyed with Jane (our com nav system's voice) and tell her to shut up. Good luck with the relationship.
I thought that Uber exclusevly uses Waze. Play around with different voices :)
Oh I didn't know that! I will have to try changing voices.
I believe the only way to change the Google Nav voice is to change the text-to-speech voice in the android settings. So you might have to download some apps with voices from Google Play to expand your options.

But do check out Waze. It's a community based nav developed by israelis and purchased by Google a couple of years ago. All NYC uber drivers I had rides with use Waze. And Waze has great options for voice

Waze Voice packs:

Arnold Schwarzenegger: iphone android
Ed Helms: iphone android
Elvis Presley: iphone android
Jay Leno: iphone android
Kevin Hart: iphone android
KFC Colonel Sanders: iphone android
Morgan Freeman: iphone android
Neil Patrick Harris: iphone android
Rob Gronkowski: iphone android
Safe Mode Kids: iphone android
Star Wars: iphone android
Star Wars (Spanish): iphone android
Stephen Colbert: iphone android
Terry Crews: iphone android
Vlade Divac: iphone android