Buick’s new IntelliLink system, which comes standard in all 2013 Buick models, uses a speech engine to match spoken words to known voice commands, as you would expect in any hands-free or voice-activated tools. What helps set this system apart is that it also uses speaker adaptation, which means the engine is trained for different accents or dialects – a feature that can certainly be appreciated here in our multicultural city of Edmonton. In the Buick Encore, it can begin to predict and remember speech patterns even after the car is turned off and on, but it can also identify another user and predict his or her patterns as well.
QuietTuning technnology, which is found in the all-new Encore luxury crossover utility vehicle, also makes using voice controls easier for owners. “There’s definitely an advantage when we’re developing voice controls in a quieter cabin,” said Robert Sims, a speech recognition engineer for General Motors. The system’s ability to hear a command relies on signal-to-noise ratio. If noise is extremely low like it is in the Encore, the user’s voice, or signal, can be lower. In other words, an Encore driver can easily speak to the IntelliLink system at a normal, conversational volume. With this technology, we’ve managed to keep Buick’s IntelliLink voice commands simple, intuitive and designed around the controls that drivers need most.
As well, the system is quite diverse and can do far more than place a call. Drivers can use voice commands to control navigation and audio functions with the push of a button while keeping eyes on the road. With a smartphone paired, IntelliLink’s voice commands control AM/FM radios stations, XM Select on SiriusXM radio (we’ll start you out with 90-day trial), any iPod, iPhone or USB media device, all activated with the simple phrase, “Play artist ______.” It can even tune through the Stitcher SmartRadio app (pre-loaded into the IntelliLink system) to give you access to podcasts, radio shows and news. If this didn’t help you personalize enough, Gracenote technology can be used to improve the accuracy of the Intellilink voice-recognition capabilities by allowing you to pinpoint bands, artists and albums with hard-to-pronounce names, irregular spellings and thousands of famous arts nicknames that can easily be used as voice commands to access your music.
Excited to try it out for yourself? We’ve got a handful of Encores on the way to us right now — stop by for a visit to pick up a brochure, or be the first to book a test drive today!