How make Google Maps REPEAT the last spoken turn direction?

Discussion in 'Garmin' started by Angelique Begnaud, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Apple Maps repeats the last spoken turn direction simply by
    pressing the top of the screen (where the turn arrow is).

    One single press, and the last spoken directions are repeated,
    and updated if you've moved since the last time they were
    spoken.

    Garmin portable GPS units do the same repetition by pressing
    a single button, which is the same as Apple Maps, which is
    the turn arrow.

    But, Google maps won't repeat the spoken directions in a
    single button press that I can find.

    This is so basic a need, that I'm sure it's there. Somewhere.
    But where?

    How do you get Google Maps to repeat the last spoken directions?
     
    Angelique Begnaud, Mar 14, 2014
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  2. Angelique Begnaud

    DevilsPGD Guest

    I'm about 80% sure that you could tap the bar at the top, but that that
    disappeared now that you can preview future turns (a critically useful
    feature)

    But I don't see an obvious way to get it to repeat at this point.
     
    DevilsPGD, Mar 14, 2014
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  3. Angelique Begnaud

    Andy Burns Guest

    There wouldn't be much point in my experience, quite a lot of the time
    google maps speaks the instructions too late to be useful (e.g. telling
    me to leave the roundabout after I already have) so a repeat would
    definitely be too late.
     
    Andy Burns, Mar 14, 2014
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  4. I've tried, for weeks. And failed.

    On Apple Maps, you just tap the menu-directions bar at the top.
    On Garmin Nuvi, you just tap the next-turn indicator in the corner.
    On Google Maps, you just can't do it (as far as I can tell).

    While I love Google Maps, it's incomprehensible that such a
    fantastically useful feature while driving, is wholly missing.

    Sigh ... ... ... ...
     
    Angelique Begnaud, Mar 14, 2014
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  5. Per Angelique Begnaud:
    If people are trying to drive cars while doing this, riding a bike just
    got even scarier.

    I've got Sygic and it has parameters that control the frequency/distance
    of turn announcements. I think I've got it turned up to max because I
    get 3-4 announcements for every turn - each one as I get closer.

    Truth be told, it's starting to get on my nerves.... but the ability to
    control it is there.
     
    (PeteCresswell), Mar 14, 2014
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  6. That's EXACTLY why you want this feature!
    And, why it's a BASIC FEATURE of any decent map program!

    Let's say the next turn is 120 miles away.
    When I start the map program, it speaks the next turn at startup.
    But then it's silent. For a very long time.

    Let's say I've driven for 45 minutes, and now I want to know that
    next turn again. I just tap on the top bar of Apple Maps, and it
    repeats with updated directions: "turn left onto main street in
    ten miles" (or whatever).

    A few minutes later, if I get confused by all the traffic and signs,
    I just tap again, and it says "turn left onto main street in three
    miles" (or whatever).

    Repeating that last spoken direction is paramount in importance
    when driving. Since Google Maps is so wonderful in so many ways,
    I'm surprised that only Apple and Garmin have figured this one out.

    I was so sure it must be there, that I asked here, to see if it
    was just me, or if there was a way to make Google repeat directions.

    The only way I know how is to turn off the maps, and then turn
    them back on, and then re-route, and THEN it will speak the
    updated next-turn direction.

    But that's a whole bunch of button clicks for something which should
    be a single tap (as it is with Apple Maps & Garmin Nuvis).
     
    Angelique Begnaud, Mar 14, 2014
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  7. It's no more distracting to tap a bar at the top of Apple Maps than it
    is to change a radio station on the radio.
     
    Angelique Begnaud, Mar 14, 2014
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  8. Not just Apple and Garmin. Just about everyone else, except (according
    to your experience) Google. For example, it works pretty much the same
    with the built-in GPS navigation system in my Prius. I just press the
    Map button on the steering wheel, and it repeats the previous spoken
    instruction, updated for the current position of the car.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Mar 14, 2014
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  9. It all depends on where the iPad or iPhone is located.

    To change a radio station in my car, I press a button on the steering
    wheel.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Mar 14, 2014
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  10. Angelique Begnaud

    Andy Burns Guest

    If the first instance is already too late, how does a manual option to
    play it again even later, help?

    I used to try to use gmaps in audio only, without looking at the screen,
    I'd be approaching a roundabout, it would say "in xxx yards at the
    roundabout" at this point I'm already wondering which lane I ought to be
    in "take the nth exit" by which point it's not rare for me to be at or
    past the nth exit.
    You must do very different types of journey to me, if I'm on a motorway,
    I'll generally know my exit number in advance, otherwise it would be
    rare to go more than 5-10 miles without a roundabout, slight fork etc.
    One feature that google maps used to have, but seems not to now, was
    that after such a long gap in instructions, it would give a chime to
    tell you it was about to re-commence instructions.
     
    Andy Burns, Mar 14, 2014
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  11. Angelique Begnaud

    Andy Burns Guest

    Certainly it could be useful, and not harmful to have as a feature.
     
    Andy Burns, Mar 14, 2014
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  12. It is? Since when?

    I mean, you can glance at the display, right? And any *decent* display
    will have that information CLEARLY marked.
     
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Mar 14, 2014
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  13. Angelique Begnaud

    Guest Guest

    then you haven't driving in rural areas, where there can be absolutely
    nothing for 100+ miles. not even a gas station.
     
    Guest, Mar 14, 2014
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  14. Angelique Begnaud

    Andy Burns Guest

    <hint>Or even a petrol station?</hint>
     
    Andy Burns, Mar 15, 2014
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  15. Angelique Begnaud

    Bob Martin Guest

    Where I live we have road-signs. I can get where I'm going without
    electronic assistance.
     
    Bob Martin, Mar 15, 2014
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  16. Angelique Begnaud

    Bob Martin Guest

    Not even a sign-post? Is it still 1940 where you live?
     
    Bob Martin, Mar 15, 2014
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  17. Angelique Begnaud

    Mike Coon Guest

    "Bob Martin" wrote in message news:...
    That might have been a reference to the removal of signposts in WW-II in the
    UK to frustrate invading Germans (or spies, perhaps). Though there is an
    urban myth that the signs were also switched around to cause confusion.

    But in the UK you would find it hard to identify 5 miles of road without a
    junction or building that required an identifying sign (except perhaps on
    rural motorways).

    Not sure where this is leading...

    Mike.
     
    Mike Coon, Mar 15, 2014
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  18. Or 2020 when everybody has navigation and signposts are
    superfluous.

    Then navigation devices can be made obligatory and made to
    contain also the traffic sign information. Look ma, no traffic
    signs any more. That would save a lot of money.

    No, it won't happen, because the bureaucracy living off of signs
    will fight tooth and nail against such proposals. They will, of
    course, argue that there is a grandmother somewhere in Alabama
    who has no phone and could therefore not drive without traffic
    signs.

    Hans-Georg
     
    Hans-Georg Michna, Mar 15, 2014
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  19. Forgot a word two times:

    Where I live we still have road signs. I can still get where I
    want to go without electronic assistance.

    :)-)

    Hans-Georg
     
    Hans-Georg Michna, Mar 15, 2014
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  20. Angelique Begnaud

    Erilar Guest

    Same here. I don't need additional distractions while droving. I can stop
    and look at the whole map if I need to.
     
    Erilar, Mar 15, 2014
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