No matter the platform, voice commands are kind of awful. Sure, Apple's Siri, Xbox One's voice command and Ford's Sync system are some of the better efforts, but by and large, it's still easier to press a couple of buttons on a controller or make a few swipes on a touchscreen.

Considering the difficulty and sketchiness of voice commands, we imagine this spoof of Apple's Siri system wouldn't work all that well. It's called Steeri, and it seems to have all the same cognition problems as Apple's personal assistant. The video, put together by The Smart Department, is a humorous look at a form of autonomous vehicle technology that remains a really, really bad idea. Take a look below to watch the entire video.


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      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Couldn't have selected a more perfect car to make fun of Apple Lemmings.
      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lame...
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's why I say no to Nissan's steer-by-wire.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        Do you ever fly commercially? Do you realize that airplanes are controlled "by wire"?
          car czar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          there is no trees, pedestricians, idiots brake checking and people blowing threw red lights at 35,000 feet. call be crazy but i like the fact that if i swerve the wheel some computer is gonna misread that as a mistake and not do it.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Then why are you against it? Drive-by-wire is the future.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          @Jake, That is a good list of very good concerns. But I want to share some of my thoughts about them. 1) People drive a lot more than they fly so they have to "trust" their car won't kill them that day. They can avoid flying, but it's extremely difficult to avoid driving anywhere. It's good that you at least trust Nissan, so which one of their cars are you driving? So if you aren't driving a Nissan then you won't drive at all? Doubt that. 2) Yes, aircraft maintenance schedules are a little more severe. Every 5 years, a commercial airliner is completely taken apart and checked for flaws in equipment and body defects that might lead to structural failures. The most frequent maintenance they do is every 500-800 flight hours. If you drive a half hour per day that works out to 1000 days before you have to service your drive-by-wire system,. But it is probably more like 3-6 months since they fly a lot. They do checks before each flight to make sure things work which you could easily do with your car. Check to make sure your steering works before you drive off. Done. These things are EXTREMELY durable. 3) Who said anything about automation. It would be decades before it is fully automated because as you said, it is far more complicated. It would probably be better to have drive-by-wire for automation anyway. Easier to program and implement. 4) Really? Altitude buys you time? What if the plane starts descending? If you're going down fast enough then you can't walk anywhere because you are free floating or stuck to the ceiling. During flight the pilot are stuck in the cockpit strapped to their chairs. If something happens to the fly-by-wire, they can't replace some frayed wire or component in any quick amount of time. They just have to hope and pray they don't start flying straight down to the ground. Also it is entirely plausible that only one wheel would have a problem and the other wheel is just fine so you would still have some control. Steering shafts are not perfect either. what if grease wasn't applied the correct way or some bearings are defective? 5)No there is probably no need for it. Just like A/C, radios, power windows and steering and door locks and brakes, back seats, usable trunk, etc, etc... Needs and wants are different but most of the time if someone sees something and starts to "want it", it can turn to "need it" pretty fast. This is only appearing on "one" luxury car so its not going to overtake the industry any time soon. Don't sweat the small stuff. Driving dynamics can work pretty well. There is something called feedback the is used on controllers nowadays at the arcade in driving video games. Been working well for years. Don't like the driving feedback on your car? It can be modified whereas a steering shaft can't be changed that easily. Hope that clears up a few things for you.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Exactly, this isn't some newfangled hair brained idea. It has been working for quite a while now in very large specific applications. There are also multiple redundancies built in to ensure that it will always work properly. It's people like jake that are the problem with this tech. Also, for any kind of voice commands there would be feedback required to initiate action. It wouldn't just take off like in the video if it were designed properly. Sure the video was humorous, but not really logical, and a scare tactic for the general public.
        jebibudala
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake
        What problem is steer-by-wire attempting to resolve again? I also prefer direct mechanical steering linkage. I can't even stand the throttle-by-wire. My Maserati has that, and it's nearly impossible to feather the throttle while in a full lock drift, stupid 1/2 second delay between foot input to controlling the butterflys - not to mention the resolution is terrible so it reacts more like an on/off switch over a traditional setup.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jebibudala
          Weight. Due to the new restrictions on cars for MPG, OEMS will be throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it to reduce weight. IIRC, every 100 lbs lost ~=1-2% increase in efficiency. 54.5 mpg won't be achievable without major weight reduction and engine/trans gains. Also, it will probably be necessary to add some sort of hybrid tech to the mix to.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jebibudala
          http://green.autoblog.com/2009/10/29/greenlings-how-does-weight-affect-a-vehicles-efficiency/ If you care.
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      Sbfranger
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol pretty accurate depiction of today's voice recognition systems. I don't think the driverless car will ever fully replace the conventional automobile. Too many people left that still appreciate the interaction between man and machine even if it is only once in a while.
      Marco Gomes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet this would works great with apple maps.
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should have used S-Voice instead.
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