Siri, you idiot

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by northernbaldy, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. northernbaldy macrumors 6502a

    northernbaldy

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    me - siri, please direct me to birmigham airport

    siri - birmighham airport is 4000 miles from your current location

    me - siri, please direct me to birmigham airport, united kingdom

    siri - birmighham airport is 4000 miles from your current location

    me - siri, please direct me to birmigham airport, england, united kingdom!

    siri - birmighham airport is 4000 miles from your current location

    me - arrgghhhh siri you useless piece of crap!

    siri - anthony, your language
     
  2. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    If you open Maps, where does your location show you are?

    No fibs
     
  3. AQUADock macrumors 65816

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    You should say "give me directions to Birmingham airport".
     
  4. northernbaldy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    northernbaldy

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    Birmingham, England!

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    I doubt that will make any difference

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    Siri is pretty useless for everything in the UK
    Coupled with the useless mapping, the whole thing is a disaster :(

    Fingers crossed it will improve
     
  5. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    mmmmm. Siri is perfect for me. I'm near Brighton so my experience may be different obviously. Maps is pretty much spot on too.

    I assume it thinks you mean Birmingham in US. :confused:
     
  6. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    Birmingham, Alabama is approximately 4000 miles away.

    Don't feel too bad. Apple maps thinks I live on a street that doesn't exist.
     
  7. cyks macrumors 68020

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    The same problem occurs on this side of the Pond as well.

    With many nearby towns named after their European roots, there are plenty of times when I'll ask Siri how I get to a place and it'll come back saying that "directions could not be found between these locations." A look at the map and it's clear it's trying to route me across the ocean instead of town just a few miles away.

    If I open Maps and search for it from within the app, then it might find the right one, but even that can be hit or miss.

    For certain places, I could be staring at a town on the map, do a search for said town, and it'll still pull up one by the same name thousands of miles away rather than stick a pin where I'm looking.

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    Don't feel too bad. Apple maps knows my street, but decided to place my home (and a the hundreds in my community) on the same exact point in the middle of the woods away from anything. Reported months ago, no change.
     
  8. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

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    Google maps locates my home 1/2 mile from where I live. This problem is not restricted to one mapping source. The local "Dial-A-Ride" bus service refuses to deliver a passenger to my home because their maps app says my address is 1/2 mile away. If the passenger tells the bus driver it's not the correct location they are forced to exit the bus.

    This is a new developing technology and a lot of inaccuracies are yet to be worked out.
     
  9. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Just because YOU are having problems with it, doesn't mean it's useless. I live in the UK and have had no problems at all. I always use Siri to get directions and to see what's on at my local cinema etc and I haven't had a single problem at all.
     
  10. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

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    Hah I had something similar happen recently, I wanted to go to Geneva, a town in NY only about 20 miles away and it wanted to send me to Switzerland.
     
  11. BRyken macrumors 6502

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    Siri does understand me sometimes too, especially related to asking for locations.
     
  12. kirky29 macrumors 65816

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    Out of curiosity...whereabouts do you live in the UK? I'm in Lincolnshire and Siri can't find anything 'local'...maybe cause I'm in the boondocks & forgotten lands of the UK, but it's annoying!

    Siri understands me 99& of the time though, I just get fed up with...Sorry Kirk....
     
  13. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    You have to give it it's full name - Birmingham International Airport and it works then, or at least it did for me just now (a bit of a pain, I know!)
     
  14. itchster macrumors member

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    Actually the name is Birmingham Airport, they changed it officially from Birmingham International Airport last year. So yeah Apple is out of date, but it does work when saying Birmingham International.
     

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