Tesla voice control tips and voice commands
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Tesla voice control tips and voice commands

Since the introduction of the Tesla Model S, certain functions can be called via voice commands in Tesla’s cars. For the voice control to work, an internet connection is required. It is interesting to note that the system usually displays the recognized words on the screen completely wrong. However, a short comparison with the server usually gives a very good result of word detection.

Activating voice control

  • Model 3 : Tap the microphone button on the touchscreen or press the right scroll button.
  • Model S and X : Press the upper right button on the steering wheel (microphone button).

List of Tesla voice commands

Since Software update 2019.40 some changes to the voice control where introduced. Before this update there where only a handful command like this:

Navigation

Navigate to Address/Location” or “drive to Address/Place” work in the same way. The destination can also be a special destination, for example a restaurant or a hotel name. It also works if you enter a town without a street.

Where is the nearest „XYZ“ searches for special destinations in the current vicinity. For example: „Where is the nearest bakery“ or „Where is the nearest supermarket“.

If your Home location and workplace have been saved in the navigation system, the following voice commands will work:

„drive to work“ or „navigate to work“. Of course you can also „drive home“ oder „navigate home“.

„cancel navigation“ is also possible.

However, the home address and place of work can also be quickly selected without voice control when you push the Navigate Button on the screen, pull down with pressed finger and then release.

Telephone control

call “contact”. Alternatively works also dial „Contact“.
call „Phone number” or  dial „Phone number” 

Music

listen to „XYZ“ or play „XYZ“ , XYZ can be: radio station name, song, artist, album

Sentry mode

The following voice commands activate the sentry mode:

„guard Tesla“
„guard my car“
„sentry on“
„activate sentry“
„Keep Summer safe“ (this command is a homage to the cartoon series “Rick and Morty“)

Bug report

Report “short description” sends a bug report to Tesla. This can help the autopilot team analyze specific situations where the autopilot has reacted poorly. The error report should be sent immediately after the event.

Conclusion

The voice control of the Tesla vehicles now works very well. Apparently Google services are used to decode the navigation voice commands. So any location listed in Google Maps can be selected via Tesla voice control. Since software-update 2019.40 for newer cars and 2020.4 for older cars, the vehicle is able to understand natural language. Acutally it does not work that wall (remember, it’s the first release of this feature). But Tesla drivers are already collect working commands on the following list.

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