Voice Command Recording

Voice Command Recording

When voice commands were first introduced, I recall that I had to hold the button down while recording, and release it to stop recording. I just now noticed that I can tap the button once to record, and once again to stop recording. I don't remember any discussion of this change. Is my recollection incorrect? Has recording always been this way?

nickjhowe | March 13, 2013

Which software version? I'm on 1.19.42 and I think I still have the original behavior.

Alex K | March 13, 2013

@nickjhowe | MARCH 13, 2013: Which software version? I'm on 1.19.42 and I think I still have the original behavior.

Me too. Just went out and checked. V4.2 still. If I tap the voice button, I get the phone menu. Maybe your phone is not connected? If I hold the voice button, the car starts recording the voice command.

DouglasR | March 13, 2013

Hmm. I didn't check to see whether my phone was connected. I'll go out and check.

DouglasR | March 13, 2013

I have version 4.2 (1.19.42), and my phone IS connected. When I press the upper right button on the steering wheel (with the speech icon), the voice command recording begins, but I get no phone menu. I get the phone menu with the bottom right button. I also get a "Customize" option, but I don't recall what it does. Interestingly, my phone menu gives me contacts and recent calls, but I started a call and did not see a choice to end the call as others have reported.

Perhaps I have inadvertently configured the menu to record this way, and somehow also changed the phone menu?

I have to say, I prefer voice commands where I press once to record and a second time to end recording.

Robert22 | March 13, 2013

The upper right voice command button can also be used to answer calls or toggle through other available choices for incoming calls. I used to reach for the nav screen to answer an incoming call, but no longer.

DouglasR | March 15, 2013

Just to update this "problem": when I went out to the car the following morning, it had returned to its prior state, i.e., press and hold to record; release to stop recording.

I have no idea why it changed initially, or why it changed back. I know I was not imagining it. I tried issuing voice commands at least a dozen times. Each time, a single tap started recording, and a single tap stopped recording. It wasn't flakey; it worked REALLY WELL. I liked it better than the current default behavior. But alas, it is now gone.

DouglasR | March 16, 2013

FWIW, the voice command is now back in "tap to start, tap to stop" mode. Go figure.

Robert22 | March 16, 2013


Might be worth a call to Tesla. Now I'm curious too.

DouglasR | March 16, 2013

I suspect the only ones at Tesla who could begin to understand it would be one of the software engineers. Besides, it's not like I'm complaining; I prefer it this way. But maybe I'll give a call Monday to see whether anyone has reported this before.