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Voice activation

Mostly this is pure gimmick. In practice it is quicker and more reliable to use the conventional controls. The main exception is for POIs that you use enough to justify learning the correct command. In my case Find nearest petrol station is 90% of my usage. The remaining 10% is Go home although mostly I use the manual controls even for that. The joke command is What is the time, which speaks the time that is permanently visible on the dash display.

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Not a bad system overall but:
  • As with other OEM systems, you can't add POIs e.g. speed cameras
  • Supplied POIs are often of poor quality. I think Honda just licensed a few at random without bothering to look at the quality e.g.
    • Restaurant data is totally useless. My nearest Indian Restaurant is over 50 miles away, ignoring the hundreds that are closer. There is no fast food in the UK - nearest McDonalds is in Calais!
    • There is a non-existent Honda dealer within a mile of home. I'll use them for my next imaginary service.
    • There is a petrol station shown within a mile of home that has never existed.
  • Some of the navigation options are quirky, although not a problem once you've read the manual carefully and used it for a bit.
  • Some route finding is really quirky. For example, I have a local route where instead of turning left onto a busy A road, I am told to turn right (across the traffic) and then to do a 360 degree turn at a roundabout half a mile down the road.
  • The map display is really basic. If you are used to the 3D view given by TomTom, then you will find nothing as effective here. If you are expecting the general geographic information provided on VDO Dayton systems (e.g. urban areas, rivers, lakes etc) then mostly they aren't there.
On the other hand, coverage is good (full European maps), TMC data is provided by RAC/Trafficmaster - far from perfect, but much better than the alternative data provided by AA/ITIS.

Conclusion: if it comes as part of the car (EX), It's a good deal. If you have to pay for it as an optional extra, then buy a Tomtom
 

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What is the general concensus on the voice activated sat nav etc:?:

Anyone had any problems ?
I'm not sure whether your main interest is the voice controls or the sat nav. As Ancient Nerd says, there are a few quirks with the sat nav, but in general it works well; much better than I had on my previous Renault.
I actually don't find the voice control a gimmick, and I believe it is intended as a safety feature, taking away the need to remove your hands from the steering wheel.
Some of the voice commands are useful; as mentioned "Go home" is good as is finding petrol stations and dealers. Also "traffic event list" is one I use a bit and some of the non sat nav commands such as "CD play" are easier than scrolling through the mode options on the steering wheel or leaning over to find the tiny CD button on the head unit
 

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I would agree with pretty much everything Ancient Nerd says. I have a similar local route where tries to make you go the wrong way then turn 360 degrees around a roundabout!

I cannot comment on the 3D view on others as I have no experience of them. I also use the manual entry - and that works well, rather than the very variable voice control.
 

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For me voice activation is a pure gimmick and never gets used. It there to compete with other cars.
 

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I agree with what you say about the fitted sat nav, Ancient Nerd. I also have a Tom Tom 510 and there is no comparison. The Tom Tom is by far superior.

Having a fitted sat nav in the car was one of the reasons that I went for the EX. If I knew then what I know now, I think I would have gone for the ES instead.

I think Honda should produce a much more up-to-date DVD and issue it either free or as a very cheap replacement for something that I regard as very poor.

We can but hope.
 

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Updated DVD's, the 06/07 disc is supposedly available, have to pay for it though!

Well, I won't be paying for it, I shall use my Tom Tom instead. I can't ever see the Honda sat nav being better anyway unless they have made some drastic improvements.
 

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The Honda has its advantages, big screen fairly good features, i don't need to use it very often but hasn't let me down yet.
I agree. This has drifted onto the same topic as a previous thread on built-in vs add-on. The conclusion there was that there are advantages to both; the built in more secure (less likely to be nicked) and integrated with the car whereas the add-on is cheaper and more easily updated/replaced.
 

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Discussion Starter #19 (Edited)
Sat Nav DVD UPDATES

Does anyone know who we could contact at Honda to ask questions with regard the sat nav system and future up grades etc ?

I would rather use the on board system than spend even more money on a Tom Tom especially if Honda have or are planning to re vamp the system in use at the moment.
 

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i cant see how anyone thinks the tomtom is better. I have a tomtom 910 with the latest software and its years behind. It frustrates me no end.
 
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