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Changing Guidance Language in Microsoft Autoroute
werdnanostaw
This evening I took the ferry from Dover to Calais. While I was waiting for the ferry to leave I changed the settings for the satnav built into the car so that the units were in km rather than miles. At the same time, just for the heck of it, I changed the language to French.

I didn't have to change the default search country or the time zone as it knows where it is - obviously - and adjusts automatically.

As it boots it says that it is an LG system. I don't know whether that's the maker of the car computer and the satnav system or whether it uses some other brand of satnav software.

It is a Renault Clio 4. When I have had a Clio 3 for the last 5 years the satnav system was TomTom with free Google search access for local features like hypermarches. The new system doesn't have that ability and it has a pretty useless set of POIs built in with no option to add in your own POIs.

Two of the 3 times I used it to find a Renault dealership (to get flat tyres fixed for free as part of the lease deal) it led me up the garden path. If they can't even get the addresses of their own dealerships right what hope is there for the other POIs.

Since I understand French (un peu = a little bit, actually un petit peu = a tiny bit) I was able follow the directions from the Calais ferry terminal to the hotel.

I was wondering, how do you change the guidance language in Autoroute? Is it built in or do you have to download a French voice package and if so where from?

An interesting thing was that while I was sitting in the car in the middle of the ferry waiting to disembark with steel all around me (both ends of the car deck were open) I could watch the progress of the ferry into the harbour on the built in satnav. Autoroute using the USB GPS plugged into the PC that sits on the dashboard said it wasn't picking up any signal.

Another point to be aware of is that France has banned the use of satnavs to warn drivers of the location of fixed speed and red light cameras so Renault have removed them from all countries, not just France.

They are also removing the "warning radar" signs about a km before fixed speed cameras and the speed limit sign about 500m out. In retaliation, wherever you go in France you will see a diamond painted on the road with an R in it just before the radars.
Marvin Hlavac
Andrew,

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I was wondering, how do you change the guidance language in Autoroute? Is it built in or do you have to download a French voice package and if so where from?
I'm afraid, as far as I know, there is no facility to allow you to change to a different language, nor are there downloadable voice packages that would let you play a different language. You would have to buy AR in your desired language, which is likely a non-issue for most users, but yeah, you'd have to pay for two products if you wanted to listen to English and French, and pay 3 times if you wanted German, too...

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In retaliation, wherever you go in France you will see a diamond painted on the road with an R in it just before the radars.
Ha ha! People are creative!
werdnanostaw
For your information I have attached photos I took today of a French fixed radar camera ahead warning sign and a fixed radar.

It always amazes me that the radar cameras are mounted at ground level and they don't get trashed.

In 6 years of travelling in France for 4 months a year I have only ever seen one that had been burnt out.

In UK and Oz they are mounted on poles or gantries with razor wire around them.

Another, slightly tangential amazing thing, in Japan they have dispensing machines everywhere, even beer dispensers on rural corners in the middle of nowhere. They never get broken into. I have read that if they tried the same thing in Oz within 5 minutes someone would have backed a ute (utility truck = pickup) up to it and have attached a cable and winched it on board.
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