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Indian man's voice in google maps

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Indian man's voice in google maps

Weirdest thing happened to me today. I'm on the highway and using google maps in my idrive system (bmw), and the regular american voice lady is giving me directions. Suddenly an Indian guys' voice with a really heavy accent repeated the same directions. At first I thought I got the Apple hack on my phone and he managed to get through bluetooth, then I thought maybe there's an indian guy in my trunk, and then I thought that maybe BMW's Emergency call system got hacked and he's trolling me through that. But now I'm thinking that this is an issue with Google Maps.

ANyone else experience this?
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There is a setting that can change the voices, but I'm not sure how it would happen on its own unless there was some glitch.
If you go to the navigation setting, then voice selection, when you scroll down you will see many other English choices, including English (India).

On my phone, it is an Indian woman's voice.
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Very weird. Sitting at home i just turned on navigation on google maps on my iPhone and lo and behold, I hear the same male Indian voice! Face With Tears Of Joy

Never happened to me before. What’s up google? Did you fire the female due to not being vaccinated? Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Winking Eye
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Its a sign? Indian food for dinner?
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loooool it's always been the American lady voice, and yes, just tried Google Maps direction navigation and it's the Indian male voice! What's going on at Google?
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Ok glad its a global issue. Phew
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Hey.. What the? Me too... lol
The funny this is when you check the settings, it shows the default woman's voice is enabled.
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Happens to me yesterday as well. Search Google and there is nothing reported.
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Imagine how many Indian are like... wow I didn't know Google Map could do this.
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CanKon wrote: Ok glad its a global issue. Phew
Happened to my wife today and she called me about it just before I saw this thread LOL
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there's English (India), think that is why?
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Jigsaw wrote: there's English (India), think that is why?
It is an option, but what ppl are reporting (including me), who have it set to the "Default - English (Canada)" are getting the Indian Accent played.

It's a bug for sure.. funny.
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Female UK voice - all day, every day
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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Adding in my name to the list of those affected!
My wife and I, actually. Yesterday it was about 30% Indian man, 70% Canadian English lady, but today it’s full fledge Indian.
I can only find settings to change the voice search language, which is not doing anything.
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Lol just tried it on my phone, same thing for me.
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The same thing happened to me today in Calgary, Alberta. I go to use my maps today and BAM. It’s an East Indian man navigating me. I became more lost then I was to begin with. Spent a hour trying to change it back but it won’t let me. Not sure what’s going on and what they are subjecting us to now haha.
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Same thing happened to my wife today, freaked her out.
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You only need to worry if the Indian man tells you to buy $500 in Apple iTunes gift cards and read back the card numbers.

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