Finding her voice.

When I purchased my Forester, I did something I’ve never done before: I named her. It was a spontaneous decision, but she was named Hedwig immediately upon pulling into my driveway after picking her up.

But I did her wrong.

As this vehicle has a few more bells and whistles than my last ride, I had some learning to do, including familiarizing myself with the navigation system. Up until now, I have relied on my iPhone to get me around (and I mean relied: I could get lost driving around the block. Satellite navigation systems have made it possible for me to find my way anywhere, on my own.) so I opted for the in-car navigation system with this car, which required I spend time researching settings and options to use it correctly.

One of the changes I made was changing the female voice to a male voice. I know, it probably comes as a big shock that I, a flagrantly men loving man, would prefer a male voice over a female voice.(cue chuckles and groans here.)

Upon my initial test trip around town, I was gravely disappointed to discover the navigation system did not announce exits or street names, only more general statements like "turn left in 800 feet" or "prepare to exit the highway in 1.5 miles." This limited information was not adequate for me to know with certainty where I was going, so I had to keep checking the screen to supplement the audio directions with visual directions. This is not the safest way for me to drive – removing my eyes from the road to check the map – so I was really bummed that, after spending the extra money to have this navigation system, I would still have to still rely on my phone for complete direction.

And then, Jeffrey made the obvious suggestion: change the voice back to its original setting, a female voice, to see if it made a difference. I did…

… and Hedwig found her voice, directing me with all the supplemental information: street names, exit numbers, all of it.

I was duly chagrined, realizing I had committed such a terrible faux pas: forcing Hedwig to utilize a male voice, when she CLEARLY is female by nature. I made a sincere apology, promised never to force her into unnatural behaviors again, and she agreed to always keep me safe and get me where I needed to go.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship…

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10 Responses to Finding her voice.

  1. Mark in DE says:

    I changed my siri to a male voice. Congrats on the new wheels, and for Hedwig finding HER voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. wcs says:

    But the question remains: which lube bay will she use?

  3. will jay says:

    Could you have taken her to a car wash in North Carolina?

  4. Carol says:

    Thanks for a good laugh! (And who would have thought that simply changing the voice on the GPS from female to male would make such a difference?)

  5. Kinda plays into the stereotype about men and directions doesn’t it. Silly Subaru.

    • Sassybear says:

      I was going for the whole forcing gender roles on innocent victims angle, but I see your point. It really is bizarre that one voice would include something another wouldn’t – so, of course, I have to go with the more inclusive option ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. David says:

    We have Sigfriend and Max. Siggy has built in navigation – very nice. In Max I use a portable Garmin – both cars use Garmin software and maps. I have maps for the portable for North America, and most of western Europe – it has been around. Cars do have personality.

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