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Before I purchased my car, this forum had me believe that the built-in navigation system was awful. To my surprise, I'm actually rather impressed and quite happy with the overall navigation system so far. I'm in the US.

Things I like:
1. It tells me if a carpool lane is coming up. I assume it only does so when there's an extra person in the car. Regardless, seemed kind of neat.
2. Heads up display seems fairly accurate so far in showing what lanes are coming up, and which one you should be in. Haven't encountered really weird road design yet though, so don't know how consistent this is.
3. Voice is pretty quick and to the point. Like that it mentions which side your destination is. (Something my phone doesn't do.)
4. Like the ability to search for POIs along the route. Something one should be able to take for granted in navigation software, but unfortunately that's still not always the case.
5. Voice seems to work OK so far, at least once the car had the chance to connect to everything... Things like "Search Starbucks" seem to work for me.

What are your experiences so far?
 

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I am also in the minority when it comes to thinking the Navigation is OK. It's not phenomenal, but it suits my needs and is often correct when calculating my route. I, however, rarely use the POI and the Voice controls, and I realize the latter is a source of much frustration for many owners.
 

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Can you share your secrets to get voice control to work? Mine is atrocious. It literally never recognizes the addresses I give it. Do you speak slowly? It finds POIs for you with voice searches? That would be a stunner
 

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Overall, I think the NAV isn't bad. It generally does an adequate job of getting me from point A to point B. I've completely given up on the voice commands, though. It's the worst, most frustrating system I've ever seen.
 

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I tried it and my impression is not 100% positive. For example - setting POI (point of interest) is a bit problematic. You cannot choose if you want POI nearby/on route/at a certain location (!) - it shows chaotically the list of all of them (even in surrounding countries). There is no possibility to type and search the particular one (for example Ikea etc.), you have to browse the whole list (!). And it does not show some huge shopping centres around at all - like if they do not exist. Any mobile navigation app for 40 EUR can do all this easily
 

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Overall, I think the NAV isn't bad. It generally does an adequate job of getting me from point A to point B. I've completely given up on the voice commands, though. It's the worst, most frustrating system I've ever seen.
My dealer gave me an internal training document they have access to that details the exact voice commands the Nav system responds to.. I'll see if I can find it and scan it in to the site here.
If I follow it to a T and speak as clearly as I possibly can - the system works.

It is nothing like Siri though so I rarely use it. I'd much rather input via VOC.
 

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My dealer gave me an internal training document they have access to that details the exact voice commands the Nav system responds to.. I'll see if I can find it and scan it in to the site here.
If I follow it to a T and speak as clearly as I possibly can - the system works.

It is nothing like Siri though so I rarely use it. I'd much rather input via VOC.
I got those too. Most were still useless. I then asked my dealer to try them in my car and they didn't bother because they said they already knew they didn't work. Things like "Clear Itinerary" or "I'm cold" work most of the time. But even using their exact syntax to try and get a POI or exact address or make a call fails most of the time.
 

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My dealer gave me an internal training document they have access to that details the exact voice commands the Nav system responds to.. I'll see if I can find it and scan it in to the site here.
If I follow it to a T and speak as clearly as I possibly can - the system works.

It is nothing like Siri though so I rarely use it. I'd much rather input via VOC.
I have that same list somewhere. I tried it, and half the time the system still didn't understand what I was saying. I just want to be able to say stuff like "Find the nearest McDonalds" or "Route me to the nearest gas station". We shouldn't have to be forced to learn a specialized language just to communicate with the system. I can say virtually anything to Google Maps and it will almost always respond correctly.
 

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I got those too. Most were still useless. I then asked my dealer to try them in my car and they didn't bother because they said they already knew they didn't work. Things like "Clear Itinerary" or "I'm cold" work most of the time. But even using their exact syntax to try and get a POI or exact address or make a call fails most of the time.
Yeah, I've mostly used the shorter stuff. Agree that it needs dramatic improvement but doubt we will see it.
With CarPlay and then Android Auto, there's just going to be better options.
 

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Before I purchased my car, this forum had me believe that the built-in navigation system was awful. To my surprise, I'm actually rather impressed and quite happy with the overall navigation system so far. I'm in the US.

Things I like:
1. It tells me if a carpool lane is coming up. I assume it only does so when there's an extra person in the car. Regardless, seemed kind of neat.
2. Heads up display seems fairly accurate so far in showing what lanes are coming up, and which one you should be in. Haven't encountered really weird road design yet though, so don't know how consistent this is.
3. Voice is pretty quick and to the point. Like that it mentions which side your destination is. (Something my phone doesn't do.)
4. Like the ability to search for POIs along the route. Something one should be able to take for granted in navigation software, but unfortunately that's still not always the case.
5. Voice seems to work OK so far, at least once the car had the chance to connect to everything... Things like "Search Starbucks" seem to work for me.

What are your experiences so far?
The bottom line is if it works for you, that's great. Some of it also has to do with what your expectations are going in. It sounds like yours had been moderated by all the chatter here first, which probably helped. Some of us earliest adopters were expecting something great since the tech was one of the major selling points of the car pre-release and we were hoping for something at least better than most other in-car systems, whereas what we go was worse than some of our previous in-car systems and far, far worse than our mobile apps.

To your specific points:

1) I've never had it specifically announce a carpool lane for me and I drive it frequently where there are such lanes. It must be very specific to some areas over others. I've driven extensively in New Jersey and New York states and to a lesser extent in PA, CT, MA, RI and never had it do this in now 7.5 months of use, whether there is 1 or 5 in the car. I would be surprised if its really basing its behavior on how many people are in the car -- highly doubt it.

2) The heads-up display shows lane options about 50% of the time for me. Not consistent. And in my home state of New Jersey the speed limit signs are useless because they are wrong so often -- sometimes off by a factor of 2. The same direction on the same road isn't even shown with a consistent speed limit from trip to trip. I've noticed this seems particular to NJ because when I drive in NY it is far more accurate. Beyond speed limit signs and the occasion "school" zone I haven't had the HUD show any of the other road signs I encounter. For example, it never shows Yield signs or caution signs in any of the states I have driven.

3) What app have you been using on your phone that doesn't tell you which side of the street? I can't recall which do and which don't, but many do. My 8 year old Honda has always done this too.

4) What is it about the POI feature of the Volvo nav you are saying is unique? Most allow you to have POI waypoints within your route. Again, my Honda did this 8 years ago. It's nice.

5) Sounds like you have been expectational lucky using Voice Commands. Many of us have not. And the dealers have acknowledged it as a systemic issue and not simply a hardware issue with some cars. I have wasted so much time trying to get it to work and the odds of it succeeding are so remote, that I rarely bother anymore unless I am testing a software revision. It's usually quicker to use the screen (I pull-over if I am alone, which sucks since I never had to with my Honda). Starbucks may be a unique enough word that it works well. But try routing to an address by voice and let us know how it goes.

Overall I consider the Volvo nav maybe a 5-6/10 if it weren't for the failed voice recognition and feedback. It's not terrible. As others have said, it can get you from point A-B. The screen is relatively pleasing. Having it in your dash and HUD is great. And the POI database is decent for an in-car system. It's not as good as my Hondas in-car systems in terms of accuracy of routing. And far worse than Waze or Google. When you really test it side-by-side with those other systems on the same routes you find it often is making poor choices. And its traffic routing seems particularly spotty. But, again, it basically gets you from A-B if you aren't picky which is still useful.

My main complaint is the lousy voice system. Routing to an address by voice is useless for many of us. And the voice of the system itself is oddly 1980's computer synthesized retro in a age where most systems sound completely human and can even emulate famous voices with ease.
 

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I complain about the sensus nav but in reality I use it all the time and I agree its decent. I can't believe it will search starbucks effectively for you though. The voice control is so discouraging to me that I just can't try any more. I also have tested and will never believe that the traffic data and routing implementation is on par with the major players.

A new minor gripe with the navigation is a tendency I've noticed for sensus to think every exit is a fork in the road, so it is constantly telling me "now keep left" over and over as I pass each one, interrupting music or conversation. Doesn't do it on all highways but certain ones it will do it literally every exit for 100 miles.

Still, I do use it all the time. I love the integration into the HUD and drivers display and its nice that its just actually a part of the car and not a tacked-on aftermarket thing. I find it useful for
a) long highway trips where traffic is not a huge concern and routing is pretty obvious (if I encounter a jam I may switch over to waze)
b) local trips where I essentially know the roads but need to remember the destination address
c) routing home since my address is always one of the first options when I hit the nav tab, and again I know the roads in my area so I can override easily if I need
 

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A new minor gripe with the navigation is a tendency I've noticed for sensus to think every exit is a fork in the road, so it is constantly telling me "now keep left" over and over as I pass each one, interrupting music or conversation. Doesn't do it on all highways but certain ones it will do it literally every exit for 100 miles.
Yes, this is annoying. I've never mentioned it here because I have learned to ignore it, but it still bothers my wife who likes to literally follow the navigation directions as it can cause problems -- encouraging you to get into a passing or carpool lane when you don't want or need to for example. Or in some cases encouraging you to move to the left lane when you really want the second to rightmost lane because 1/4 of a mile after the right lane exit you don't want, your right-hand exit will appear. So the nav encourages you to go to the left lane, then gives you 1/4 of a mile to cross 4 lanes to the right. Once you get used to the system you learn to ignore all its bad advice about lanes when they are not directly related to an exit, but if you're not used it it and take it literally it can cause issues.
 

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What are your experiences so far?
A few things that I like:

- gesture based GUI to zoom in and out or move the map around

- good info and graphics in the drivers display and HUD

- GUI performance as well as auto reroute is great


Disappointments / frustrations:

- very difficult to speak an address for a waypoint ... I don't think I've ever been successful with that (so I use address book entries)

- route selection is unexpected - often POOR (see below)

- how recent is the street database info?


In October 2015 I drove 3,000+ km in Europe ... and on three occasions the navigation system had the vehicle nowhere near the road ("snap to road" poorly implement). This often led to incorrect directions being offered up - not good when you are relying on the nav system to get you where you need to go.

In October I also had a couple of issues with completely wrong instructions. (Luckily I had a Garmin Nuvi as a backup nav device and that was solid.) NOTE: I have not seen either of these October problems with the current nav software - assuming those issues have been corrected in the November update?

I'm in the US - and with whatever database Volvo is using - it comes up with routing suggestions that are surely not optimal. Different than the 2013 XC90 - different from two other Garmin GPS devices and different from maps on an Android phone or Google maps on-line. I have verified that the differences don't seem to be happening because of user avoidance settings, road traffic info, etc. in the XC90's navigation system.

I believe that the 2016 Volvo XC90 Sensus nav system is based on HERE (which was previously a Nokia division, now owned by Audi, BMW and MB).

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2015/11/03/here-powers-connected-navigation-for-volvo-cars

Hopefully the fact that HERE is backed by the major German auto manufacturers will help ensure that the map data and back end technologies continue to evolve and improve. I'm perplexed why the previous Volvo systems seemed to work better - especially since they were Navteq based (Navteq eventually became what today is HERE).

In the mean time - I'll be certain to sanity check routing to unknown locations in advance to ensure it makes the most sense.
 

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Overall, I think the NAV isn't bad. It generally does an adequate job of getting me from point A to point B. I've completely given up on the voice commands, though. It's the worst, most frustrating system I've ever seen.
I think you're supposed to be speaking Swedish, no?

(Rim shot) I'll be here all week....


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What is this secret cheat sheet you guys mentioned which gives you commands that the Voice Recognition is supposed to understand? So far, I might as well be speaking Italian because I might have better luck.
 

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It is a real mystery why Volvo cannot simply hire few qualified talented people to make a normally working navigation system at least as good as any other simple system of today (if not better). I used to have V70, now XC70 and navigation system was always a kind of disaster and any mobile application could do much better and be more reliable. I hoped that in the new celebrated XC90 it would be slightly better but the indications say it may not be so again

Or even better - similarly like Volvo (fortunately !) does not attempt to create their own sound system but relies on experienced specialised professionals like Harman Kardon or Bowers&Wilkins, they should do the same for the navigation system if they want it to be really good. Why to try to improvise and create their own (below) mediocre systems and simply not to start cooperating for example with TomTom etc ? To have a premium car with B&W sound and TomTom navigation system - what could be better ? In the present Sensus Connected Touch that I have in my XC70, you have at least iGo navigation that is not great but still way better than Volvo RTI. In that Sensus android system, there is also TomTom application, but from some reasons impossible to download for Volvo.

If I really want to get somewhere reliably or to find some POI, I have to mount iPhone with Navigon application (so much better than Volvo RTI) - that is ridiculous in such kind of car.

Volvo, please, contact TomTom (or Garmin) and apply their "premium" navigation systems in your cars ... and don't waste time on your own obsolete attempts, "exploring America", while it is already perfectly explored elsewhere ... :)

(one example: the present RTI navigation gives the estimated arrival time by the speed you drive at this very moment - for example, if you drive in the jammed city, it supposes that you will drive the same fast at the following 100km highway and opposite. You accelerate a bit and the estimated time shortens by one hour within few seconds ... I have never seen something like this in any other navigation system and even my 12 years old son could surely manage better in programming that natural time algorithm based on type of roads and estimated speed towards the final destination ...)
 

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auto reroute is great
This is the first time I have heard this. Can you elaborate further? Is this using the Sirius or Inrix traffic data? If true, this is very encouraging. Things like voice commands aren't really important to me. If I could get solid navigation with dependable rerouting via the native Sensus nav it would make me very happy.

A new minor gripe with the navigation is a tendency I've noticed for sensus to think every exit is a fork in the road, so it is constantly telling me "now keep left" over and over as I pass each one, interrupting music or conversation. Doesn't do it on all highways but certain ones it will do it literally every exit for 100 miles.
Gag.
 

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This is the first time I have heard this. Can you elaborate further? Is this using the Sirius or Inrix traffic data?
The vehicle Internet connectivity (here in US it is AT&T and 3G connection) is setup and working. The Nav menu settings indicate it is using Inrix - but to be honest, I don't know if you can tell from the nav display where it is sourcing info on road conditions. I do have the nav option to show traffic on the maps (green / yellow / red lines on the road) and that seems to be pretty accurate - and for sure, more accurate than the traffic data that was displayed on my 2013 XC90.
 

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The vehicle Internet connectivity (here in US it is AT&T and 3G connection) is setup and working. The Nav menu settings indicate it is using Inrix - but to be honest, I don't know if you can tell from the nav display where it is sourcing info on road conditions. I do have the nav option to show traffic on the maps (green / yellow / red lines on the road) and that seems to be pretty accurate - and for sure, more accurate than the traffic data that was displayed on my 2013 XC90.
With the Sirius data, I had very little information showing traffic flow and it was always wrong.
With Inrix selected, I see traffic info on all major roads and most minor roads too.
Before, I'd say that traffic info was completely worthless. Now, it's fairly accurate to what Google Maps would report at the same time.
 

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I drive around the Midwest on a regular basis for work and have to say the Nav system has been a disappointment. I've had very poor results with voice control. Setting addresses is terrible. The manual entry screen has too many fields and only so-so pre-search/look ahead as you move between them and enter text, making the process an overly long PITA. With my iPhone paired with Sensus, I have *never* been able to get Nav to successfully pull an address from a contact and set it as a destination. This includes using the contact name, going to the record and manually selecting the address, etc. This should be pretty basic stuff. There have been a handful of times when Nav can't find an address that I get right away on my phone and/or my Garmin. Given the limited console and glove box space, I had hoped to ditch the GPS, but I don't see that happening.
 
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