Google recently added voice commands to their Maps/Navigation app. Now when your phone is telling you how to get to your Halloween party, a small microphone appears in the corner. Tap it, and you can give commands like:
- How is traffic ahead?
- Show route overview
- What’s my next turn?
- Show alternate routes
- When will I get there?
- What is my next turn?
- Navigate to [place]
It’s pretty helpful for those of us who use a smartphone in place of a GPS device. The problem is that to use it, you have to actually tap the microphone icon. I know the ridiculousness in bemoaning having to actually use your fingers for something, but it’s a distraction from the road you might not want. Luckily, Jaomg’s fantastic Autoinput plugin and Tasker can solve this issue. We’ll set it up so that you can ask Maps where your next turn is without even taking your eyes off the road.
- First, get the latest version of Maps, Tasker, and Autopinput, naturally.
- Make sure to enable Autoinput in Accessibility Services (You can do it in the app). This is what enables Autoinput to interact with your device.
- Open Autoinput and tap on Manage Input Actions. This is where you’ll record your macro. Tap on the “+” up top.
- Autoinput will make a notification informing you of how to proceed. You open the screen you want to record an interaction on.
- Open Google Maps and have it navigate to a location, the actual address doesn’t matter. Once it’s started and the Microphone icon is present, pull down your navigation shade.
- Tap on “Add” in the Autoinput notification, or hit the Volume Down key on your device. It’s now recording your actions. Tap the Mic button. The navigation shade will come down, tap Accept.
- Autoinput will take over from here; it’ll open the multitasking menu and ask you to take it back to AI. Tap that, then chose “mic_button.” Next, tell it how you want it to interact by choosing “Click” from the menu. It’ll save the action.
- Open Tasker, create a task, name it whatever. Go into Plugins, chose Autoinput Action. Configure, go into Stored Actions. Your “mic_button” action is waiting there.
Now make a Profile for triggering the task. Personally, I have a Moto X, so I use Autovoice with a “Navigation” prompt. If you don’t have a Motorola, you can set a profile for your Bluetooth headset’s button. Once triggered, just remember one of the commands above.
Also, keep your eyes on the road, please. That should go without saying.