Siri turn by turn, totally hands free?

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  1. Natesac macrumors 6502a

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    One thing I'm exited for is using the voce guided turn by turn on my motorcycle. Up until now I have used the tomtom app, but inputting addresses and finding points of interest in tomtom is a real pain. I use a Bluetooth kit in my helmet so I can get interact with Siri and hear directions just fine.

    My question is can I ask Siri for directions and have the routing start without having to physically touch the phone?

    For instance. Could I pull my bike over, activate Siri and say "give me directions to my brother's house" and have the turn by turn kick in without having to interact with the screen?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes.. I just did a test with "give me directions home" and it found my address went to the maps app and after about a three second pause just started giving directions. No further interaction beyond the initial Siri request was needed.
     
  3. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    On a map app, or you need to activate Siri by holding long on Home button?
     
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    I concur. I told Siri to "take me to Taco Bell" yesterday and that was all I had to do and it guided me there. (Not that I didn't already know where it was)
     
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    I did it from the home screen (not map app) by holding down the home button to activate Siri. From the OP's question is sounded like his BT connection is one that supports Siri activation by BT. I had a Parrot BT kit in my car that worked like this.
     
  6. Natesac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh awesome. I have been testing it out on my wifi iPad (NOT ON THE BIKE lol) and it looked like I would have to hit "start" to initiate the directions. Probably works different on devices with GPS hardware.

    I'm pretty psyched about this. I really enjoyed using Siri in my helmet when I had a 4S (currently using a iPhone 4 until tomorrow) I really liked being able to pull over to listen to texts and reply without having to take my helmet/gloves off and pull my phone out of my jacket.

    My helmet kit works like any stereo Bluetooth headset so I can activate Siri with a button on the outside of my helmet. It's a pretty sweet setup. (Makes me feel like the Master Chief from Halo, Siri=Cortana)

    Thanks for the answers!
     
  7. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    I see. Guess that's why Apple is working with car companies to install Siri button.
     
  8. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    The turn by turn directions would not work with my bluetooth in my truck. Siri works, but not the directions in the map app. I was a bit disappointed when I had to turn off bluetooth in my truck just so I can hear the directions.
     
  9. Natesac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does the music work in your truck? Perhaps the Bluetooth kit needs A2DP

    Edit: music over Bluetooth that is.
     
  10. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    Yes music works. I have the Ford Sync in my truck.
     
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    iOS 6 also added Message Access Profile support for BT, so if your car supports it you can read text messages on the car's LCD screen. Nice feature.
     
  12. Natesac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmmm. That's could be bad news. I expected the turn by turn through Bluetooth no problem. Tom Tom for iOS app has been doing it for years.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm headed out for gas in my car now... will test this out for you and report back.
     
  14. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    Tried this yesterday and for some reason Microsoft Sync did not support this feature with iPhones. However I can send/read text through Siri and Sync.

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    Do you have Microsoft Sync?
     
  15. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No newer BMW.

    OP. I can confirm the Siri and the maps voice come over Bluetooth. You should be good to go!
     
  16. Natesac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the test!

    I did some searching and it looks like some users problems come from using really nice in car Bluetooth setups. Such as the ford sync. Users were reporting that they were only able to get turn by turn if they had the car set to use the iPhone as the music source.

    Wouldn't be a problem in my helmet as I only connect the phone.

    Perhaps some of these in car systems need updates (or iOS itself) to get everything meshing properly.

    My buddy has ford sync in his mustang. That stuff is COOL.
     
  17. The Bronx Bull macrumors member

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    You have the Sena SMH10 I take it? I have been using this Bluetooth module for a while now on my iPhone 4, but have yet to use it with Siri.

    What limitations have you found? Do you have to hold the button on the module to activate Siri, or simply tap?

    Some of the important things I want to be able to do: (as you said) "Take me to Taco Bell", or wherever; listen and reply to text messages; control the music functions; listen to emails and reply; ask about the weather; etc.

    Thanks!
     
  18. Natesac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using the Scala Rider G4. I looked hard at the Senas before I purchased. Those looked nice.

    On my Scala I just have to tap the "phone" button and that will activate Siri on a 4S or voice control on iPhone 4. I found that you really need to be pulled over for the phone to register my voice. Wind noise was too loud when at speeds. Plus it's just more safe.

    But for the six monts I had a 4S I really enjoyed the extra functionality Siri afforded. Really looking forward to the voice activated turn by turn.
     

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