UPDATE: Karen Jacobsen, the voice behind iPhone application Siri, admits Toowoomba streets are not the easiest to navigate.

With her parents living in the region, the motivational speaker is spending the month in the Garden City before heading to a charity concert in Melbourne.

Australia's "GPS girl'' Ms Jacobsen has been listened to around the world on 400 million GPS units and mobile devices.

From Grand Central New York to Grand Central Toowoomba, GPS girl Karen Jacobsen, the voice of Siri is in Toowoomba.
From Grand Central New York to Grand Central Toowoomba, GPS girl Karen Jacobsen, the voice of Siri is in Toowoomba. Bev Lacey

Despite moving to New York to pursue a singing career, Ms Jacobsen's vocals are more widely heard as the personal assistant program's voice.

"People love to ask me questions. I'm told I'm the only woman men will take directions from," she said.

"It's so enjoyable to make people smile and I find my interaction's with people really positive."

Q and A with GPS girl
GPS girl has put her iconic voice and Siri's quirky answers to the test in the Garden City.

  • Will the new Grand Central get an Ikea?

The new Grand Central would be very lucky to get an Ikea. Whether it does or it doesn't, it will still be Grand Central.

  • Why do Toowoomba residents have such a love affair with chicken take-away shops?

Chicken take-away shops offer a very reliable and easy alternative to cooking.

  • Who will be the next mayor of Toowoomba?

The next mayor of Toowoomba? I'm sorry, I'm not authorised to answer that question.

  • Will Toowoomba ever get a water park?

I very much hope so.
 

EARLIER: The voice behind iPhone application Siri is today putting her iconic voice and quirky answers to the test in the Garden City.

Australia's Karen Jacobsen has been listened to around the world on 400 million GPS units and mobile devices, answering questions from "what is the meaning of life?" to "where do babies come from?".

Karen Jacobsen is in Toowoomba today to answer your questions.
Karen Jacobsen is in Toowoomba today to answer your questions. Contributed

When she packed her bags and headed to the United States 15 years ago to build a career as a professional singer, her voice was a hit, but not just for singing.

Ms Jacobson became known as GPS girl after she spent about 50 hours programming satirical answers to the personal assistant program.

If you ask Siri the temperature, you might get "It doesn't matter what temperature the room is, it's always room temperature".

A user of iPhone application Siri asking a question.
A user of iPhone application Siri asking a question.

The singer is visiting Toowoomba to answer your questions, including:

  • Who will be the next mayor of Toowoomba?
  • Will Toowoomba ever get a water park?
  • Will the new Grand Central get an Ikea?
  • Why do Toowoomba residents have such a love affair with chicken take-away shops?
     

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