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Hustler
Dec 18, 2012, 12:18 AM
As title says, looking for a way to tell her I'm no longer needing directions. I've tried end route, end navigation, close navigation / directions. Can't seem to find a way. Many prompts that she responds to as If they were music requests.



Slopfrog
Dec 18, 2012, 09:04 AM
Yes, this would be most helpful. Especially when the maps app chooses an undesirable route and you take a different one, (at least on the first part of the journey.) The maps app will sit and tell you to make a U-Turn at every single possible place you could, until the difference in distance/time is greater for the original route than your chosen route. Only then will it reroute effectively.

In other words, it's totally dumb when it comes to your intent. Other programs do it much better.

It's situations like these I just want to cancel the directions and start over when I get further towards the destination.

Beeplance
Dec 18, 2012, 09:06 AM
Force close the Maps app from the multi-tasking tray, see if it works.

Slopfrog
Dec 18, 2012, 09:13 AM
Force close the Maps app from the multi-tasking tray, see if it works.

I think the goal is to do it hands free while driving.

tomjleeds
Dec 18, 2012, 09:15 AM
Force close the Maps app from the multi-tasking tray, see if it works.

Way to spectacularly miss the point.

dyusem
Dec 18, 2012, 09:47 AM
Force close the Maps app from the multi-tasking tray, see if it works.

This does work but is useful only when there is a co-pilot.

I too have tried every possible voice command to cancel directions and have had no luck...

mrgraff
Dec 18, 2012, 11:55 AM
I just tried something, and found a little weirdness in the process. I asked Siri for "directions to Current Location" thinking that I would be told that I'm already there and that might stop the navigation. Instead, I got directions to a short series of u-turns to get me back to where I already was. :rolleyes:

Here's the weird part: I was given directions to "Unknown Location" and the zoomed-in map was the quick loop of roads to take, but the overview map showed my destination as 0N/S, 0E/W; where the Equator and Prime Meridian intersect in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa. :eek:

Slopfrog
Dec 18, 2012, 07:49 PM
I am just speculating, but I think the central issue is that Siri is not giving you directions. Siri just launches the map app with a little tidbit of info somehow passed along that says to give voice directions to a certain location. Since Siri does not have the functionality to close an app she can't make the navigation stop. Moreover, it appears that Siri cannot pass new information into an app that is already running.

The exception to this seems to be the music app. I wonder what's different about that app that allows Siri to control it once open.

Hustler
Dec 18, 2012, 08:18 PM
^
This makes sense and is probably the case. Which brings me to another issue, about how nice it would be if Siri could close apps, control phone settings like bluetooth, wifi, etc...
But that's an entire new post lol

hyteckit
Dec 18, 2012, 09:55 PM
Ending navigation is just a simple tap on the 'End' button on the top left.

I know it's know what's being ask, but it's really not that big of a deal.

mrgraff
Dec 18, 2012, 10:31 PM
I am just speculating, but I think the central issue is that Siri is not giving you directions. Siri just launches the map app with a little tidbit of info somehow passed along that says to give voice directions to a certain location. Since Siri does not have the functionality to close an app she can't make the navigation stop. Moreover, it appears that Siri cannot pass new information into an app that is already running.

The exception to this seems to be the music app. I wonder what's different about that app that allows Siri to control it once open.

Siri can pass new information to open apps; you can request new directions while other directions are already in progress. Ending the navigation isn't the same as closing the Maps app.

F1 Fan
Dec 19, 2012, 04:24 AM
Here's the weird part: I was given directions to "Unknown Location" and the zoomed-in map was the quick loop of roads to take, but the overview map showed my destination as 0N/S, 0E/W; where the Equator and Prime Meridian intersect in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa. :eek:

Same for me! Crazy :confused:

NATO
Dec 19, 2012, 08:38 AM
This was driving me crazy the other day as I asked for directions (while driving, using a bluetooth headset) and once I no longer needed the directions I just couldn't get Siri to cancel the navigation... seems like a bit of an oversight.

Hustler
Dec 19, 2012, 12:40 PM
Hyeteckit,
This is true but most of the time I turn navigation on, and put the phone to sleep. So now you have to swipe to unlock, tap the large green rectangle at the top of screen to get it out of active nav, then click the end button on top.
Kinda a lot of stuff while driving! Nothing like super complex but its now super simple either.

mrgraff
Dec 19, 2012, 04:40 PM
I found a way to do it! :cool:

While in navigation, activate Siri, ask for directions to another country - with the following criteria:
- has driving directions available
http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/#maps-directions
- separated from you by an ocean or even to an island with no bridge, ie Hawaii
- or getting there requires crossing a country not covered by Apple directions

For instance, I was driving in Albuquerque, USA and said "Take me to China". Siri started getting directions to Beijing, but was unable to find directions between that city and my current location and then stop navigating.

I then restarted my local navigation and asked for a country that was not served by Apple directions such as Cameroon - Siri apologized for being unable to provide directions there, but did not stop the navigation.

So there you have it, start a new navigation sequence between two spots that Siri knows about but is unable to connect via roads, and the current navigation ends and the new one won't start. A bit of a hack perhaps, but it works for me until Apple gives us a stop navigating command.

Slopfrog
Dec 19, 2012, 05:19 PM
I found a way to do it! :cool:

While in navigation, activate Siri, ask for directions to another country - with the following criteria:
- has driving directions available
http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/#maps-directions
- separated from you by an ocean or even to an island with no bridge, ie Hawaii
- or getting there requires crossing a country not covered by Apple directions

For instance, I was driving in Albuquerque, USA and said "Take me to China". Siri started getting directions to Beijing, but was unable to find directions between that city and my current location and then stop navigating.

I then restarted my local navigation and asked for a country that was not served by Apple directions such as Cameroon - Siri apologized for being unable to provide directions there, but did not stop the navigation.

So there you have it, start a new navigation sequence between two spots that Siri knows about but is unable to connect via roads, and the current navigation ends and the new one won't start. A bit of a hack perhaps, but it works for me until Apple gives us a stop navigating command.

Good thinking. I tried saying "give me directions to Atlanta" and it did. I then said "give me directions to china" and it did indeed stop my navigation... But asked for the passcode. I'm unsure if it stopped navigating immediately, or after I put in the code. I wasn't moving at the time so it's hard to tell.

We really, really need to be able to speak the passcode if we want to!

tomjleeds
Dec 19, 2012, 05:41 PM
I am just speculating, but I think the central issue is that Siri is not giving you directions. Siri just launches the map app with a little tidbit of info somehow passed along that says to give voice directions to a certain location. Since Siri does not have the functionality to close an app she can't make the navigation stop. Moreover, it appears that Siri cannot pass new information into an app that is already running.

The exception to this seems to be the music app. I wonder what's different about that app that allows Siri to control it once open.

Er, doesn't really work like that.

Siri does certain things with certain apps. One of these things might be giving directions, another playing the currently queued track. The only difference is that someone has given it enough thought to make Siri able to pause, skip, etc when listening to audio tracks, whereas - perhaps unsurprisingly - the same amount of time hasn't been invested with Maps :o

Hustler
Dec 20, 2012, 09:21 AM
Mr graff, thank you