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Good day,

I hope to step into a touring later this summer and have 2 questions about the Navigation system and the manual is not giving me the answer I need.

1) when using the Nav to guide you to a destination, how does one have 'it" verbalize the next turn on demand?
On my current Ford Sync3 there is a button on the wheel (serves multiple functions, of course) one can push at any time and it will speak out the next turn, name of street or exit name\number and how far to go before the turn.

2) Does the map screen have the ability to go to a split screen when approaching your next turn, showing the current route on one side and an enlarged image on the other side, showing greater details of the turn coming up and showing which lanes to be in? (I may not be making it clear, sorry)

3) when using the Nav, where does one see whats playing or whose calling? I like Garmin and I know I am comparing to the way Ford Sync3 works (it has 3 windows on the screen: half devoted to map, the other half spit between phone and your music source. Tap on any one and it will fill the whole screen. Hit the home button on the screen and back to the triple screen we are. A nice system BTW, nothing like the MyFord Sync trash from prior years.
 

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1. Yes it will give turn by turn directions IF . . . you set a destination first.
2. By using the traffic mode, it will split screen and show you road conditions ahead*.
3. You can assign "Audio" to the Tachometer screen to show what's playing musically. If a call or text comes in, the screen will display number or name from your contacts list**.


* If you have the Touring with HUD display, nav directions show up here as well.

** Assuming you've given permission to the NAv unit from your smartphone.


Hope this helps, it's a different way of displaying than the Ford system
 

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Thank you for the detailed response. I look forward to driving this car.
 

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Mojo gave you a great overview. I would add there are a few options which I found confusing at the outset and for some time until I figured it out. There are two ways (in my Touring, maybe different on other trims). You can use the Honda system completely for directions without any phone connected. This requires a knowledge of how to specifically verbalize the Honda direction system commands. If you connect a phone (either iPhone or Android) then you have the option of using the phone apps (Via Apple CarPlay - Apple Maps, Google Maps) and in Android Google maps where you can say things more casually, such as Hey Google or Hey Siri, give me directions to XYZ from my current location. It sets it up completely provided it can find what you said. Then you will see turn-by-turn and the next turn is usually indicated in advance. Works very nicely and the display keeps you alert, plus includes verbal turn-by-turn and visual alerts. In the Apple world, my Apple watch buzzes my wrist when I came coming to a turn and it is also on the display.



Otherwise, if using the Honda system by itself to verbalize map directions, you have to get used to their command set, which is not as "casual" as using the phones. They are still verbal commands such as "Navigation" Then wait for "what Location to you want". Then you say add location, XYZ, then wait for acknowledgement, etc. It eventually gives turn-by-turn directions and it works well but you have to work it a fair bit more than when you have a phone connected. Hope this helps!


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Mojo gave you a great overview. I would add there are a few options which I found confusing at the outset and for some time until I figured it out. There are two ways (in my Touring, maybe different on other trims). You can use the Honda system completely for directions without any phone connected. This requires a knowledge of how to specifically verbalize the Honda direction system commands. If you connect a phone (either iPhone or Android) then you have the option of using the phone apps (Via Apple CarPlay - Apple Maps, Google Maps) and in Android Google maps where you can say things more casually, such as Hey Google or Hey Siri, give me directions to XYZ from my current location. It sets it up completely provided it can find what you said. Then you will see turn-by-turn and the next turn is usually indicated in advance. Works very nicely and the display keeps you alert, plus includes verbal turn-by-turn and visual alerts. In the Apple world, my Apple watch buzzes my wrist when I came coming to a turn and it is also on the display.



Otherwise, if using the Honda system by itself to verbalize map directions, you have to get used to their command set, which is not as "casual" as using the phones. They are still verbal commands such as "Navigation" Then wait for "what Location to you want". Then you say add location, XYZ, then wait for acknowledgement, etc. It eventually gives turn-by-turn directions and it works well but you have to work it a fair bit more than when you have a phone connected. Hope this helps!


DD
Much like the way Sync3 in my car works with voice commands, BTW it works well. I hit the voice button the moment the system prompts with the next question so it skips and goes on to listens for your answer. Step through it quickly.
 

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Like @DDNorCal I use my phone via Android Auto to use Waze as my preferred GPS. Have found the commands much easier to use, and the user input to get real time traffic info very helpful.
 

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Much like the way Sync3 in my car works with voice commands, BTW it works well. I hit the voice button the moment the system prompts with the next question so it skips and goes on to listens for your answer. Step through it quickly.

Ford Sync system did much better at voice recognition than our Honda and I don't even try anymore with my Camaro's MyLink system. We just use our phones which do much better.
 
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