adaminla
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Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:14 am

One of the more annoying things about the Leaf to me is that I must be fully stopped in order to use the phone dial pad or navigation system.

Is there any workaround? What if I have a passenger in the car and they want to use the navigation system? Seems that some one decided it's safer to just disable the entry system for these items when the car is in motion but left all the other crummy stuff I can't use fully functional.

I've reverted back to a tom-tom for directions as of today because I like to be able to do this while on the road.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:33 am

yes. use voice control "dial by number"
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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:13 am

It is really unsfae to do this. Distracted driving KILLS! Seatbelts didn't used to be a part of the routine, but society has evolved. Now eliminating distracted driving needs to be something we all care about. There are people who are cheated out of life because you can't take a moment to pull over to make a call or set a route. I say you because for every person who thinks this is ok, it helps to fosters a society of acceptance for this revolting behavior.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:17 am

If you had an 05 Acura you could say, "find nearest restaurant" or "go home" or find "parking", etc and it would list them in order of distance and you could select or even see the phone number. This NAV sucks, even more as it is 2011. I hope many people complain about this as it is really unacceptable for a 2011 car. In addition using it stopped is very unintuitive, and time consuming to get what you want.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:19 am

EVDRIVER wrote:If you had an 05 Acura...

yep and if you had a 62 Chevy you wouldnt have to wear them inconvenient seat belts either.

maybe u might want to consider that Acura did it wrong.

most Nav and phone systems will work fine moving or not. it may not be as intuitive as we hoped, but voice control will do most of what you need.
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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:46 am

azdre wrote:It is really unsafe to do this. Distracted driving KILLS! Seatbelts didn't used to be a part of the routine, but society has evolved. Now eliminating distracted driving needs to be something we all care about. There are people who are cheated out of life because you can't take a moment to pull over to make a call or set a route. I say you because for every person who thinks this is ok, it helps to fosters a society of acceptance for this revolting behavior.
Yep, it's just as dangerous as changing radio stations too, but you don't see anybody fighting to ban stereos from cars... It's dangerous just driving at all, so maybe we should just stay at home... :D

There are ways to minimize risk, but at the end of the day Nissan decided to block some functions while the vehicle is in motion while keeping a bunch of others available to use without rhyme or reason...
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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:59 am

That is ridiculous! Changing radio stations requires one button built right into both the dash and the steering wheel of most cars. It's not a valid comparison. It is as dangerous as drunk driving and if someone posted here about getting behind the wheel after downing a few martinis, I'm sure it wouldn't go unnoticed. Driving is a risk, defensive driving is an essential skill, but that doesn't mean anyone should take lightly the responsibility that each of us has to each other when wielding a 2-ton weapon. I hate to think that laws will be requires to force people to take this seriously. Wake up people! The life you save could be your son or daughter's by setting a good example.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:23 am

So... let your passenger do it?
That's what I do with the TomTom, and it hasn't caused an accident.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:31 am

Step 1: Learn what you are allowed to do when driving.

Step 2: Learn what you can do with Voice Commands (like dial by number) while driving.

Step 3: Learn to prepare some of the things that you might want (locations, phone numbers) before starting to drive.

Step 4: Learn to pull over to a safe spot when necessary.

Step 5: Remember how people managed to drive BEFORE cell phones and Nav systems.

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Re: Any tips to allow me to USE the navi and phone?

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:33 am

GroundLoop wrote:So... let your passenger do it?
That's what I do with the TomTom, and it hasn't caused an accident.
On our last trip, my co-pilot (my wife) was pretty upset that she couldn't look things up on the navigation system while I was driving. I told her it was for her own safety. :D
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