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While navigating, I sometimes like to look at the big map on the center display (versus the one in front of me) but typically like keeping my "Now Playing" screen up for whatever source I'm listing to.

Rather than doing the "Home - Map - Home - MusicApp - Now Playing" shuffle each time, does anyone know of a voice command or swipe gesture to do similar? I've tried "Show Map" and "Display Map" and "Switch to Map" and the similar with "Navigation" swapped for "Map". Nothing seems to work.

BTW, I use YouTube Music as my typical audio source and it frequently gets paused for various Google interactions but doesn't automatically resume. I have at least figured out that I can just say "Resume Playback" versus finding and pressing the big Play/Pause button by the shifter.

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I noticed that the auto-resume seems to work for most of the media sources except YTM. Annoying. BTW I have not found a voice command that switches the displays without actually changing something in the target app.
 

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I noticed that the auto-resume seems to work for most of the media sources except YTM. Annoying. BTW I have not found a voice command that switches the displays without actually changing something in the target app.
Yeah, speaking of voice commands, why can’t you say “hey Google open Spotify” or any other app or map. I would think that would be easy to program.
 

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I know! At least a left/right swipe gesture on the home button area to switch recent apps.
 

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I find that, in general, operation of the system requires a distracting and thus dangerous amount of interaction compared to other systems I have used. Probably not the design intend of Android Automotive, but certainly the case.
 

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Voice is key to safe interaction IMO - or buttons on the wheel. Reaching over to fuss around with the touch screen is definitely a distraction that I would like to avoid as much as possible.
 

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In my mind this is the best. We desperately need a hard button for "back" to get you to whatever previous screen you were looking at.
It does that on a few items. If you press the button to go to the car set up and it turns orange when you press it it’ll take you back to where you were. It also does that if you click the send button to go to climate it will turn orange you click it again it’ll take you back to where you were, but it doesn’t do that with everything.
 

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It does that on a few items. If you press the button to go to the car set up and it turns orange when you press it it’ll take you back to where you were. It also does that if you click the send button to go to climate it will turn orange you click it again it’ll take you back to where you were, but it doesn’t do that with everything.
But that's still tapping on the screen - soft buttons. What I think is least distracting is what @JRRF is referring to: physical buttons on the steering wheel. One button dedicated to "back" that works in any logical context would be very nice.
 

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But that's still tapping on the screen - soft buttons. What I think is least distracting is what @JRRF is referring to: physical buttons on the steering wheel. One button dedicated to "back" that works in any logical context would be very nice.
Agree 100%. The other way would be to have a Google allow you to say go to the map or go to the music or go to ChargePoint app or whatever.
 

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send button
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There are some rare instances of things that toggle, but they are few and far between. We need a button that will interact with any app or native screen to take you back. Android has that and it works very well. No reason AAOS shouldn't also.
 

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How about custom voice controls. You set up one word commands, your choice of word, your choice of resulting action.

Back

Playlist

Map

Trip

Charge

That sort of thing.

I have no idea... Would it be that hard to program?
 

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How about custom voice controls. You set up one word commands, your choice of word, your choice of resulting action.

Back

Playlist

Map

Trip

Charge

That sort of thing.

I have no idea... Would it be that hard to program?
Like it.
 

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But that's still tapping on the screen - soft buttons. What I think is least distracting is what @JRRF is referring to: physical buttons on the steering wheel. One button dedicated to "back" that works in any logical context would be very nice.
you mean like the current left button of the left pad which afaik does nothing…?
 

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Could be embarrassing, though, if you hit it by mistake on a first date.
I've had some dates where I wish I could hit it.
Some girl who didn't drive (in her 30s!) was complaining about my driving (and most people think I'm darn good, and calm until I got the P2 😉). I'd already picked her up, brought her to my place and was now doing the reverse. It was easily 100 miles of driving. I finally asked her if she wanted to walk. I so wish I had an eject button that day.
 

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I've had some dates where I wish I could hit it.
Some girl who didn't drive (in her 30s!) was complaining about my driving (and most people think I'm darn good, and calm until I got the P2 😉). I'd already picked her up, brought her to my place and was now doing the reverse. It was easily 100 miles of driving. I finally asked her if she wanted to walk. I so wish I had an eject button that day.
If it helps, I discovered that If you ask google for your ETA it switches to map view. Not sure if that works if no destination set and never found a way to get back to the previous view
 
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