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Is it just me ?

I am at that time of year where I'm driving into work whilst it's getting light. By the time I get to work it is light (nearly).

I put the lights on auto and they stay on for the whole journey, which I agree with as it's not fully light.

Towards the end of my journey I go down a tree lined road.

As I pass under the trees the lights stay on but the SatNav is changing between night and day mode as I pass under the tress then hit a clear patch and so on.

So what controls the SatNav night/day mode ?
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Is it just me ?

I am at that time of year where I'm driving into work whilst it's getting light. By the time I get to work it is light (nearly).

I put the lights on auto and they stay on for the whole journey, which I agree with as it's not fully light.

Towards the end of my journey I go down a tree lined road.

As I pass under the trees the lights stay on but the SatNav is changing between night and day mode as I pass under the tress then hit a clear patch and so on.

So what controls the SatNav night/day mode ?
I also leave my lights on auto and at this time of year its normal for a couple of switching actions on the way to work, however my SatNav follows what the lights do...
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It's almost like the SatNav has it's own light sensor for me.

Not a problem though.
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The light may get dark enough for the sensor to activate the lights.

If it becomes that annoying, use OFF.
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Krem, assume the lights aren't flicking on and off? Maybe it works from a separate sensor - the 8G has two (one for the auto lights and the sunlight sensor for the A/C) so could be something bizarre like that...
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Wish the 8th Gen had a seperate sensor for the dimming.
I always have to keep manually switching the satnav between day and night mode as it's dark enough to have my lights on yet still too bright to properly see the screen in night mode
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Wish the 8th Gen had a seperate sensor for the dimming.
I always have to keep manually switching the satnav between day and night mode as it's dark enough to have my lights on yet still too bright to properly see the screen in night mode
You kinda do.

Set the dash brightness to max with lights on and then dim it as needed.
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I think it goes by the percentage of light the sensor picks up as mines does the same the speedo and rev counter stay bright until hitting a slightly darker part and they dim to night setting with the sat nav
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I also leave my lights on auto and at this time of year its normal for a couple of switching actions on the way to work, however my SatNav follows what the lights do...
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It's almost like the SatNav has it's own light sensor for me.

Not a problem though.
Krem: I tried playing around with the settings on mine this morning, can't find any valid reason for what you have experienced, interesting one...
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It's designed to do that. There are 2 sensors on the screen, one looking at the horizon and one at the sky. Sometimes the car deems it necessary to keep the lights on during the day for increased visibility, but because its not dark out the interior illumination is kept to maximum. When you go under trees, the sky sensor senses it's dark and tells your interior illumination to go darker but it doesn't necessarily turn your headlights on and off. The intention is to get it right but without switching on/off too many times.
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It's designed to do that. There are 2 sensors on the screen, one looking at the horizon and one at the sky. Sometimes the car deems it necessary to keep the lights on during the day for increased visibility, but because its not dark out the interior illumination is kept to maximum. When you go under trees, the sky sensor senses it's dark and tells your interior illumination to go darker but it doesn't necessarily turn your headlights on and off. The intention is to get it right but without switching on/off too many times.
This has never been apparent on my 8G or 9G cars, where is the vertical sensor and is this mentioned in any documentation?
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This has never been apparent on my 8G or 9G cars, where is the vertical sensor and is this mentioned in any documentation?
Correct. It's a new feature from 13MY
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Correct. It's a new feature from 13MY
Interesting, I'm sure Kremmen will be pleased for this being clarified...
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It's designed to do that. There are 2 sensors on the screen, one looking at the horizon and one at the sky. Sometimes the car deems it necessary to keep the lights on during the day for increased visibility, but because its not dark out the interior illumination is kept to maximum. When you go under trees, the sky sensor senses it's dark and tells your interior illumination to go darker but it doesn't necessarily turn your headlights on and off. The intention is to get it right but without switching on/off too many times.
That sounds exactly what mine is doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, it's just something I've noticed.

A new MY13 feature you say - very clever
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If it bothers you, you could try the little brightness button on the sat nav itself. I no longer have a Honda so I can't check, but I think if you whack the brightness up on the sat nav it may stay in day mode. Also if you use the combi meter dimmer knob and check what the night setting is (pretty sure you can't adjust the day setting - it stays max to prevent you from not seeing speed/dials due to contrast when it's bright out) if you turn the night up to max you may not get the day/night flicking.
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Doesn't bother me at all

It isn't flicking as such, just something I spotted.
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It's designed to do that. There are 2 sensors on the screen, one looking at the horizon and one at the sky. Sometimes the car deems it necessary to keep the lights on during the day for increased visibility, but because its not dark out the interior illumination is kept to maximum. When you go under trees, the sky sensor senses it's dark and tells your interior illumination to go darker but it doesn't necessarily turn your headlights on and off. The intention is to get it right but without switching on/off too many times.
I would love to have this. Always bugged me with my Insight and now with the Civic that sometimes the headlights are activated but it is still to light for the interior and Nav screen to go dark (but they do anyways). It is now even more annoying in the Civic due to the light from the panoramic roof.

At least my 9th gen MY2015 Civic Type R wil have it..
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It's quite clever and unexpected
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