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Carplay what commands for handsfree navigation

BurgDog

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I am trying to find out what I need to say to Siri to get CarPlay to start giving me directions to my destination. So far it puts up a map showing the route and destination, and when I start driving, nothing happens. No voice commands, no guidance. Yes there is a greenish button on the screen that basically said "start" but I don't want to remove my hands from the wheel, my eyes from the road, to interact with the display. Is there anyway to make this whole thing handsfree? Or is this just something that must be done with the car parked. Built in nav in my car has no problems being driven handsfree. What am I missing with CarPlay?
 

randomplaydo

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For me, if I say "Take me to..." and then it pulls up the location with that screen you describe, after about 20 seconds it automatically starts the directions. I'm not sure if this is some setting that I set long ago and forgot about, but for me it works as you are wanting it to.
 
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BurgDog

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For me, if I say "Take me to..." and then it pulls up the location with that screen you describe, after about 20 seconds it automatically starts the directions. I'm not sure if this is some setting that I set long ago and forgot about, but for me it works as you are wanting it to.
Thanks. I tried that command but it didn't work for me. Waited a minute, then started driving. Never gave me directions. I checked all the options I could find and saw nothing that seemed relevant. Oh well.
 
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joelw135

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Thanks. I tried that command but it didn't work for me. Waited a minute, then started driving. Never gave me directions. I checked all the options I could find and saw nothing that seemed relevant. Oh well.

I have the same problem, and can't figure it out either.
 
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harlenmm77

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Just press the button on the screen and stop making a big deal out of it. Do you have to have both hands on the steering wheel 100% of the time? What if you drove a car with a manual transmission?
 
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BurgDog

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Just press the button on the screen and stop making a big deal out of it. Do you have to have both hands on the steering wheel 100% of the time? What if you drove a car with a manual transmission?
Pressing a location with no tactile hints on a touch screen while controlling the car and having to take your eyes off the road to find it, identify it and touch it are are a safety hazard I do not wish to take part of. Full attention on the road while driving, not interacting with some computer display. Fine to do if I am parked and setting up the nav but I'd like to do this while moving too. The built-in car nav, obviously designed by people who take car safety seriously, don't require that sort of interaction. I expected that Apple would care about this too. Looks like they don't. Most physical car controls can be identified by feel and memory of location. Random text on a touch screen can't, thus the point of voice control in the first place.
 
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harlenmm77

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Pressing a location with no tactile hints on a touch screen while controlling the car and having to take your eyes off the road to find it, identify it and touch it are are a safety hazard I do not wish to take part of. Full attention on the road while driving, not interacting with some computer display. Fine to do if I am parked and setting up the nav but I'd like to do this while moving too. The built-in car nav, obviously designed by people who take car safety seriously, don't require that sort of interaction. I expected that Apple would care about this too. Looks like they don't. Most physical car controls can be identified by feel and memory of location. Random text on a touch screen can't, thus the point of voice control in the first place.

You’ve obviously never driven a ford. No buttons for anything.

It takes half a second to find the button and press it.

Hopefully you never sneeze or cough while driving, wouldn’t want to distract you.
 
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BurgDog

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You’ve obviously never driven a ford. No buttons for anything.

It takes half a second to find the button and press it.

Hopefully you never sneeze or cough while driving, wouldn’t want to distract you.
There is a difference between quick glances to check stuff, and search for and interact with touch screen controls on a computer. Yes, a lot of people are fine with that, I'm not. CarPlay Siri is supposed to be able to replace all physical interactions on a moving vehicle, the fact that it won't in this case is extremely surprising given how easy it would be to have it accept a command to do something fairly trivial.

I am driving a Ford and all the controls needed to operate the car are physical. Knobs and easy to identify by feel other controls. Ford Sync 3 works great with good voice commands for the rest of what is needed and I can completely control the nav by voice, no interaction with the screen required at all. Obviously Ford thought this through. I wouldn't even be considering CarPlay for navigation if Ford would ever get their map database upgraded as otherwise Sync 3 nav is so much better pretty much in every area.

Basically Apple screwed up here (unless someone can answer my original question) and, of course, one of the default response for requests for help is that I don't need to do that, instead of answering the question.
 
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harlenmm77

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Just asked Siri to take me to the place I wanted, and it started navigation after a few seconds. Running ios11, maps is much better.
 
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BurgDog

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"Start directions to..."

Seems to work for me. I can try it again today after work.
Tried that too. Still stuck waiting for me to touch the "go" button on the screen even after starting driving and a few minutes. Weird. I wonder if there is some phone setting I am missing since it seems everyone else can get this to work without manual intervention.
 
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harlenmm77

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Tried that too. Still stuck waiting for me to touch the "go" button on the screen even after starting driving and a few minutes. Weird. I wonder if there is some phone setting I am missing since it seems everyone else can get this to work without manual intervention.

Try it while driving, not while parked.
 
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BurgDog

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It's possible my car isn't telling CarPlay that it is moving and CarPlay needs that to kick things off. I've tried giving the commands when moving and it still won't give me directions unless I touch the go button on the screen, which is what shouldn't be necessary. I have a 2016 Ford Escape with Sync 3 which I updated (used official Ford update) to work with CarPlay including the updated hardware. Something might be broken, I guess.
 
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efp1

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Have you tried something like "start navigation"?. I frequently use "stop navigation" and siri stops it for me. I haven't tried using "start navigation" though. Worth a try?
 
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genomez

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Tried that too. Still stuck waiting for me to touch the "go" button on the screen even after starting driving and a few minutes. Weird. I wonder if there is some phone setting I am missing since it seems everyone else can get this to work without manual intervention.

I’m pretty sure I only have to press the “Go” button if Siri is offering me more than one route to get to my destination. I think it waits for me to either select the “Route’s” or “Go” if I remember correctly.

I guess you could test it by setting a nearby destination that has only one option of routes and see if it waits for you to press “Go”. I just had my car updated to support CarPlay yesterday (my car is a 2015 and the Manufacturer put it in my mode beginning in 2016 but offered a retrofit for my year) so I’m going from memory of only 1 day of use.
 
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BarracksSi

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Timely bump...

This weekend, I set a destination but didn't tap "Go". Started driving, and within a mile, Maps did what it usually does for me and automatically showed a route to Home.

I had to remind it of the new destination and explicitly tell it to "Go" there.

I suppose this behavior -- requiring the user to tap "Go" -- acts to make sure the user/driver confirms where they want to drive.
 
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CTHarrryH

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I hate the "giving me directions to home" when I'm a mile away. Sometimes I just want maps up and not a destination but it always suggests frequent destinations. Frequent ones I don't need directions to. Sometimes it is just too "smart" for practical matters
 
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BarracksSi

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I hate the "giving me directions to home" when I'm a mile away. Sometimes I just want maps up and not a destination but it always suggests frequent destinations. Frequent ones I don't need directions to. Sometimes it is just too "smart" for practical matters

I just tap the "Tap for options" box and then tap Clear. Then it'll give me a map view with traffic.

The good thing is, it's a much cleaner view than my car's built-in Garmin nav, so it's easier to see (and easier to make it a wide-area view, too).
 
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CTHarrryH

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I know I can do that but really Apple do you think I need directions to home when i just left home. They need some work on frequent locations.
 
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