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#196 of 293 I CAN change navigation destination while driving
Aug 23, 2012 (6:15 pm)
I am a brand new owner (a few days) of a 2013 RDX AWD with Tech. I have no problems controlling the navigation while I'm driving. I changed the destination to this and that (using both voice command and pushing buttons) while I'm driving. I also was able to make phone calls via my connected Iphone while driving.
Aren't my findings contradicting all the posts here?? Am I missing something? Are these posts talking about something else? Did Acura already tweak things??
#197 of 293 Re: I CAN change navigation destination while driving [clint1970]
Aug 24, 2012 (5:57 am)
Welcome to the Edmunds forums. I can't speak to using Nav while moving, but my principal issue is with poor/cumbersome/dangerous voice dialing through the 2013 RDX. Can you tell us more clearly how you're using your phone system? What buttons are you using, and in what sequence?
I have an iPhone as well. It's possible on an iPhone to work around the Acura system and use the latter only as a speakerphone, but that kinda defeats the purpose, no?
#198 of 293 Re: I CAN change navigation destination while driving [roadrunner56]
Aug 24, 2012 (6:47 am)
I am using a "Droid" phone. See Post #184 by "roadrunner" for sequence of events. One can speed up the process by pressing the talk button before each system prompt. This forces the "beep" avoiding the systems prompts, but does not reduce the number of steps. I have tried numerous methods to reduce the process which was 2 steps in my 2009 RDX Tech. My wife's 2012 MDX also uses the 2 step method. What also make the 2013 RDX worse is only 20 numbers can be transferred from the phone book to the voice tag phonebook. The previous RDX & MDX allow the transfer of 50 numbers.
#199 of 293 Re:Terrible Voice Dialing Problems
Aug 24, 2012 (7:19 am)
Thanks for your response. No offense to you, but I don't know if your answer makes me want to laugh or cry. If I understand it, your method adds three ADDITIONAL button pushes in order to at least shorten the painfully SLOW time of the standard method Acura recommends. Good idea on the slowness issue, but I'm afraid this sounds at least as distracting -- and therefore dangerous -- as the standard method, if not more. AFAIK, before pressing the talk button as you suggest, the driver has to wait a second or two to make sure the prior command was heard and processed by the system. Quite a bit of aural choreography, no? And personally, I'd have to take piano lessons first!
Again, I want to emphasize that I don't mean to be critical of you. This is a ridiculous situation Acura has created, and you're just sharing the best workaround you've found. So thanks for that. It must drive you CRAZY that your wife's 2009 RDX is so much simpler to use for voice dialing!
#200 of 293 Re: 2013 Acura RDX [markonline007]
Aug 25, 2012 (10:09 pm)
I just bout one and love it. I traded in my 2004 RSX with 105K miles on it, loved it but i got tired of squeezing the kids in the back, so it was time for an upgrade. And the 2013 RDX was a perfect choice. I did my homework and it beats just about everything in its price class.
#201 of 293 Re: Awful Voice Dialing -- Anyone else? [roadrunner56]
Sep 01, 2012 (6:49 am)
I do have the 2013 RDX, but not the tech package. I don't have to go through all these steps to make a phone call. It's not perfect by any stretch, but I just say "call home" -- not "dial by voice" or whatever.
#202 of 293 Re: Awful Voice Dialing -- Anyone else? [quakerwildcat]
Sep 01, 2012 (7:23 am)
That is the way it should be...my 2009 RDX Tech was simple to use as is our 2012 MDX Tech. ACURA will lose sales if they don't correct the problem. And the navigation is just as bad. Recently had a destination problem and my wife could not re-program the navigation system while we were in motion & it was too distracting & time consuming to do it by voice recognition. The system is a joke and hopefully ACURA will come up with a software fix for those unfortunate enough to have purchased this turkey.
#203 of 293 Re: Awful Voice Dialing -- Anyone else? [twwilliam]
Sep 01, 2012 (8:43 am)
I have the 2013 RDX, no Tech pkg, 6k to date. I love the car and the hands free dialing, I just say call home, work , wife, girlfriend etc. No problems even with my Queens accent. As far as NAV, my $200 TomTom works equally well.
#204 of 293 Re: Awful Voice Dialing -- Anyone else? [texan8899]
Sep 01, 2012 (9:10 am)
I (well, my wife gets it) just picked up a base model last night. The salesguy did sync her iphone for us, and we practiced receiving a call. But, have not tried to really use it yet to make a call, so will have to play with that this weekend.
and our Garmin works just fine too.
#205 of 293 Re: Awful Voice Dialing -- Anyone else? [stickguy]
Sep 02, 2012 (8:19 am)
Well, we are still having the same issues with voice dialing on the 2013 RDX with Tech package. There doesn't seem to be any fix except to get an RDX without Tech. That is a sad state of affairs. And a big warning to anyone considering the Tech package. Don't do it -- unless you love gadgets more than convenience, and unless you don't mind being distracted for a while every time you make a call.
Save your money and your sanity and get a Garmin.