Google Maps app is seen displayed on a phone screen in this illustration photo taken in a car in Krakow, Poland on January 13, 2023. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Karen Jacobsen is known as the “only woman men will take directions from.”  She’s an Australian voice actor who recorded the first-ever GPS voice system.  This was back in 2002 when she was a singer doing auditions in New York City.

She’s now heard in over one billion GPS and smartphone devices.  She talked about her career in a recent interview.  She remembers them making her say “approximately” 168 times.  She also does the famous “recalculating” voice.

Some of her favorite lines including, ‘recalculating’ star at 1:43 in the video below!



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