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Accessories / Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Last post by Ste7en on Yesterday at 12:18:00 PM »
It depends, if it's 2 seperate units it can be in different places but if it's say a nextbase Duo where it has two lenses on one unit then it needs line of sight both directions from where it is.

You must be local to me then, I commute along Scotswood road most days!

Pretty sure the Thinkware F770 is two units.

Well. I'm in Durham but I do go to Newcastle a lot :) I've had stuff done to other cars by the guys in Autosounds and they have always been excellent.
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Accessories / Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Yesterday at 11:46:21 AM »
Good idea regarding the mobile recording.

The one I was thinking of was the Thinkware F770, probably from Autosounds in Newcastle (and get them to install it).

I wasn't aware front and rear ones had to be fitted on the windscreen. Thanks!

It depends, if it's 2 seperate units it can be in different places but if it's say a nextbase Duo where it has two lenses on one unit then it needs line of sight both directions from where it is.

You must be local to me then, I commute along Scotswood road most days!
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Accessories / Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Last post by Ste7en on Yesterday at 10:41:18 AM »
Good idea regarding the mobile recording.

The one I was thinking of was the Thinkware F770, probably from Autosounds in Newcastle (and get them to install it).

I wasn't aware front and rear ones had to be fitted on the windscreen. Thanks!
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Accessories / Re: Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Yesterday at 10:36:18 AM »
To be fair they can be anywhere you want, but what you might want to do is put a mobile phone recording in the position you want it.

You just need to check you get a reasonable field of vision and aren't going to have it blinded by reflections constantly.

If it's a camera with combined front and rear cams..then yes it has to be on the window.
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Accessories / Dashcam fitting, do they have to be on the windscreen?
« Last post by Ste7en on Yesterday at 10:16:11 AM »
It looks as though we will be getting our car back in the next week or two. After this happened: http://www.mazda3forums.co.uk/index.php?topic=15035.0 we are very keen on getting front / rear cameras fitted.

The rear view mirror fitting is very big because of the sensors in it so I was wondering if there is anywhere else I could get it installed. Behind the infotainment screen would be ideal.

Also, I'm thinking of a hard wired one which has a parking mode but I'm concerned it'll be a magnet for morons.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also, are there any essential accessories for a Mazda 3 fastback Nav I should look at? We have the red welcome lights and rear parking sensor fitted already.

Thanks.
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Dead as a dodo
« Last post by StevenRB45 on August 16, 2018, 08:57:35 PM »
Sorry took me til now to get back.

Dead as in dead. Could charge but it didn't hold squat. Mazda replaced it under warranty, no quibbles. Couldn't find any draining faults or explanations and it's been fine again since. Got an AA Car Genie since and it's reporting all good so far...

I have a car genie now as well, got it free cos I work for them lol.
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Dead as a dodo
« Last post by 9swampy on August 16, 2018, 06:49:33 PM »
Sorry took me til now to get back.

Dead as in dead. Could charge but it didn't hold squat. Mazda replaced it under warranty, no quibbles. Couldn't find any draining faults or explanations and it's been fine again since. Got an AA Car Genie since and it's reporting all good so far...
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Haven't got the new phone yet either but will do :)

Spotify would be a big boon; radio reception's never been great. Looked in to the DAB accessory but couldn't justify the cost.

Booked in for the service on the 3rd and asked about getting this. Doesn't sound like anyone's had it done at my dealer yet though; they weren't even sure if it was a paid for extra or not. They're asking the questions; I'll revert when I hear if no-one can say here.
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Never used the Mazda version (obviously) but Android auto is a standardised system. Though no idea if it would work with the HUD.

Used it regularly in Citroen, it's excellent, basically it accesses your phones Nav app be it Waze or Google maps and displays it on your screen (the phone does all the processing the car just displays the result). Live updates come via your phones signal so live traffic and route diversions work well.

Also if you have Spotify or Google music or BBC iPlayer app installed you can access them and get the (audio only) content via the car speakers. It also it integrates with messaging and phone apps as well.

If you want to know what it will look like install the app on your phone and select it, it appears the same on a phone screen as it does on the car screen.
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https://www.mazda-press.com/eu/news/2018/mazda-adds-smartphone-control-to-mzd-connect-/
https://www.android.com/intl/en_uk/auto/mazda/



Hi guys, been a while...

Anyone had any experience of this update? I'm due for a service in a few weeks and I'm leaning to going full update. Skipped getting updates last year as there had been quite a few negative experiences so I'm overdue...

Never got the system to play well with my phone but got a new one in the post so hoping with it and this update I might be able to get phone directions up on the screen? I expect getting them on the HUD's a wish too far? To date I've had Mazda's directions and map up but with my phone in a cradle suggesting traffic routed directions. Never has been ideal  ;)
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