• Jul 16, 2010
Karen Jacobsen, GPS voiceover artist – Click above to watch video after the jump

There may come a day when personal GPS devices go the way of the dodo. As direction services on our handheld devices become ever savvier, more and more consumers are ditching their old dashboard-mounted screens in favor of the ones they already keep in their pocket. Fortunately, even if our Garmin or TomTom devices become relics, odds are we'll still be able to get turn-by-turn directions on our smartphones. That's a good thing, too, because otherwise a whole generation of lost motorists would never be able to find their way while listening to Karen Jacobsen call out directions.

Who is Karen Jacobsen? While she happens to be a Queensland native who now spends her days writing music and playing in a three piece band, she's also the most popular GPS voice on the planet. Jacobsen spent a total of 50 hours in a recording studio rattling off everything from directional phrases to single words, locations and every letter in the alphabet so that we would have the pleasure of listening to her Aussie accent as we bumble down the highway. Hit the jump to see an interview with the muse of maps as well as a sample of her singing.

[Sources: AOL News, KarenJacobsen.com]









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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see the face behind the voice, a really good looking woman...
      • 4 Years Ago
      No wonder my mate from Melbourne sweats and his tongue gets hard when his Garmin talks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been to Australia and Aussie women are so god damn hot in person with that accent. There is no other accent on earth that is sexy as an Aussie one. Man I miss that place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just so you Americans know, not all our TV hosts are nerds like Kochie!

      Good to hear our accent is wanted to be heard over there, a lot of people try to speak in an American accent down here, especially teenagers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In 500 feet turn left.

      Turn left

      Turn left

      Turn left

      STFU WOMAN...IM TURNING LEFT!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        i thought you were making a nascar joke at first. lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Digitalzombie: I live in California as well and can detect an accent, though not as strong as say Yorkshire, UK, or Auckland New Zealand in persons who have lived here for decades. The custom of saying "warsh you car" instead of wash, "Bink of America," instead of Bank, come accompanied of an inflection that is sui generis for this part of the English speaking world. But there is a manner of speaking, the late Walter Cronkhite's comes to mind as does Alistair Cooke, the formerly British commentator that emigrated to the United States, that conquers a majority, not all, but a great part of the more extreme forms of speech. Alistair Cooke sounded like a Bostonian who attended Oxford then lived in Louisiana, taught school in California then moved to Chicago and retired in New York. That's what I meant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah but sleeping with this one might be a bit off-putting - 'Continue straight', 'Stay Slightly left', 'You have reached your destination'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you can always mute her.
      • 4 Years Ago
      mines sounds like KITT from knight ridder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ TC...LMFAO................ahhhh....sigh...too funny.

      I'd still do 'er.
      Draconian
      • 4 Years Ago
      GPS should never be a feature on mobile phones if its illegal to use them while driving....so I'll just guzzle down a couple of Fosters, put Karen in the passenger seat, and she can...."Show Me The Way To Go Home!!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      TC wins.

      I laughed. I laughed HARD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely love AUSTRALIANS, I served w/ amd met many fine fellow soldiers from there in Vietnam. I also went there a couple of times and made some great friends. They are hard working, enjoy life, great family people & will stamd shoulder to shoulder w/ you when needed. They are the best of the best as far as I am concerned . Their country is one of the most interesting places that you could ever visit, its like visiting the prehistoric past in some places , down home on some & its as modern as you could omagine in others. I was proud to serve over there w/ these great & honorable people & if I was a bit younger I would go back there and stay. Thank you guys for your help when we needed it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thanks mate, feel free to come back down here again anytime :)
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