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    • TangoFiver
    • By TangoFiver 2nd Mar 17, 5:01 PM
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    Voice Dialling or other legal in-car options?
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 5:01 PM
    Voice Dialling or other legal in-car options? 2nd Mar 17 at 5:01 PM
    Hopefully you bunch of knowledgeable people can help me out here...

    I'd like the option to legally use my phone whilst driving.

    My car doesn't have bluetooth. My phone is a Sony Xperia X Compact, and Sony seem to offer the App 'Voice Control', but this can only be used with another piece of Sony hardware (Smartwatch etc).

    I thought I'd just be able to buy a mobile phone holder, sit my phone in it, and be able to make calls using voice command(s) etc, but I can't figure out if this is possible or not?

    I have looked at the Supertooth Buddy system, but cannot find if it enables voice commands, and how easy it is to make calls, not just receive them.

    Or does anyone have any other suggestions of how to go about this?

    Thanks in advance
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    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 2nd Mar 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 5:11 PM
    Hopefully you bunch of knowledgeable people can help me out here...

    I'd like the option to legally use my phone whilst driving.

    My car doesn't have bluetooth. My phone is a Sony Xperia X Compact, and Sony seem to offer the App 'Voice Control', but this can only be used with another piece of Sony hardware (Smartwatch etc).

    I thought I'd just be able to buy a mobile phone holder, sit my phone in it, and be able to make calls using voice command(s) etc, but I can't figure out if this is possible or not?

    I have looked at the Supertooth Buddy system, but cannot find if it enables voice commands, and how easy it is to make calls, not just receive them.

    Or does anyone have any other suggestions of how to go about this?

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by TangoFiver
    Keep in mind that even with the correct kit you can still be driving without due care and attention or worse!

    Related to your question, but not directly answering it, some Garmin SatNavs will act as bluetooth hands free systems.

    Certain older models still need you to press the SatNav screen to answer a call so, as I understand it, they would not be legal. Newer ones will voice answer and dial from your contacts so are presumably OK (subject to my first paragraph of course).
    • Jivesinger
    • By Jivesinger 2nd Mar 17, 9:09 PM
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    Certain older models still need you to press the SatNav screen to answer a call so, as I understand it, they would not be legal.
    Originally posted by Undervalued
    Don't think so - it's only illegal to use a hand-held phone so as long as the phone is in a cradle or similar it's not illegal under that rule. (Although the point is valid about other offences such as careless driving applying if your phone distracts you.)

    For instance this site (and it's gov.uk so it should be official) says you can use your phone as a satnav as long as it's hands free:
    The law
    • It's illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving. This includes using your phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
      .....
    • Using hands free (e.g. for navigation) is not illegal. However, if this distracts you and affects your ability to drive safely, you can still be prosecuted by the police.
    • TangoFiver
    • By TangoFiver 2nd Mar 17, 9:13 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 9:13 PM
    some Garmin SatNavs will act as bluetooth hands free systems.
    Originally posted by Undervalued
    Yeah I have one which does just that, but I don't want to have to take it with me just for the very rare occasion where I may need to make a call. (It's cumbersome, an advert for thieves - even just the suction mark - and have to have the volume at MAX to hear other person).

    I guess it's not possible to voice command my phone then?

    And how about things like the Supertooth Buddy, is that legal/easy to MAKE calls rather than just receive them?
    • RumRat
    • By RumRat 2nd Mar 17, 10:07 PM
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    Plenty of BT car kits out there.....Some of the better ones that don't need any wiring can be found HERE.
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    • TangoFiver
    • By TangoFiver 2nd Mar 17, 11:09 PM
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    Plenty of BT car kits out there.....Some of the better ones that don't need any wiring can be found HERE.
    Originally posted by RumRat
    Yeah I thought the Parrot Minikit+ would do me, but it's only got 3.5 / 5 off the reviews on Amazon, I know it's the budget-end of the Parrot devices, but it's still around £50

    I just thought I'd be able to get an app for my phone, then stick it in a phone holder and jobs a goodun
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 3rd Mar 17, 5:12 AM
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    Plenty of quality handsfree kits of ebay. I paid under £20 because they listed it for one particular model of car. But its a kit where you can change the cradles and uses standard connector blocks.

    So the only fits Golf with VW stereo, it fitted my Ford with a Sony stereo. Just required 2 additional pluy and play cables for the steering wheel controls.
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 3rd Mar 17, 10:02 AM
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    Somehow we managed for decades without phones in cars so just WHY is it ever necessary to make/take a call whilst driving? If my phone rings in the car I ignore it. Important? They'll ring back or leave a message. Emergency? Pull over, stop and make/take the call.

    Anybody caught texting whilst driving should have their car impounded, not be fined. Likewise using a phone in anything but an absolute, life and death emergency.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 3rd Mar 17, 10:17 AM
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    Somehow we managed for decades without phones in cars so just WHY is it ever necessary to make/take a call whilst driving? If my phone rings in the car I ignore it. Important? They'll ring back or leave a message. Emergency? Pull over, stop park up, switch off the engine and make/take the call.

    Anybody caught texting whilst driving should have their car impounded, not be fined. Likewise using a phone in anything but an absolute, life and death emergency.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    Amended that slightly for you
    • RumRat
    • By RumRat 3rd Mar 17, 2:24 PM
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    Somehow we managed for decades without phones in cars so just WHY is it ever necessary to make/take a call whilst driving? If my phone rings in the car I ignore it. Important? They'll ring back or leave a message. Emergency? Pull over, stop and make/take the call.

    Anybody caught texting whilst driving should have their car impounded, not be fined. Likewise using a phone in anything but an absolute, life and death emergency.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    The moral high ground is all very well, but, it didn't answer the 'Tech' question asked by the OP....
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    • Uxb
    • By Uxb 3rd Mar 17, 2:49 PM
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    Somehow we managed for decades without phones in cars so just WHY is it ever necessary to make/take a call whilst driving? If my phone rings in the car I ignore it. Important? They'll ring back or leave a message. Emergency? Pull over, stop and make/take the call.
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    The world has changed
    You are EXPECTED to be contactable.
    Some people work on emergency call out type jobs - that is to say they do what they want while being ready on call; and when and if that call comes in to fix whatever it is they are expected to answer it immediately.
    Another example - recruitment. Short list for interview/job is x people long. Agency will go down list contacting them- if you don't answer they will move onto the next person - and indeed they will not come back to you.
    Same for tradesmen if they don't answer the client will simply move on to the next one on the list to do the job.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 3rd Mar 17, 5:33 PM
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    The world has changed
    You are EXPECTED to be contactable.
    Some people work on emergency call out type jobs - that is to say they do what they want while being ready on call; and when and if that call comes in to fix whatever it is they are expected to answer it immediately.
    Another example - recruitment. Short list for interview/job is x people long. Agency will go down list contacting them- if you don't answer they will move onto the next person - and indeed they will not come back to you.
    Same for tradesmen if they don't answer the client will simply move on to the next one on the list to do the job.
    Originally posted by Uxb
    A very limited number of truly emergency jobs then? Sorry, but tradesmen and recruitment just don't cut it.

    Somebody having a heart attack is an emergency, not somebody waiting to hear if they have a job or a plumber hoping they'll get a call to mend a leak. Oh, if I ruled the world
    • RumRat
    • By RumRat 3rd Mar 17, 9:40 PM
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    A very limited number of truly emergency jobs then? Sorry, but tradesmen and recruitment just don't cut it.

    Somebody having a heart attack is an emergency, not somebody waiting to hear if they have a job or a plumber hoping they'll get a call to mend a leak. Oh, if I ruled the world
    Originally posted by LadyDee
    It would still be 1955.......
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    • TangoFiver
    • By TangoFiver 11th Mar 17, 3:06 PM
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    some Garmin SatNavs will act as bluetooth hands free systems.
    Originally posted by Undervalued
    Thinking about it, this is exactly what I want - apart from the sat-nav bit :-)

    Just thought I could get a 'gadget' that, when voice activated, could access my phone book and make/receive calls etc, does anyone know if thats possible? (should have explained it like that originally - sorry!)
    • devizes18193
    • By devizes18193 11th Mar 17, 4:25 PM
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    Have you look at some of the driver apps . Lazy car or drivermode spring to mind , both in the play store . and should hook up to a bt kit
    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 11th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
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    Concentrate on your driving & not on some inane phone call would probably be sound advice.
    My opinion only.
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