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  1. I had a similar situation the other day and I got through it ok, It wasnt too deep though but all was well. This may answer your question about electric cars, not sure I would chance it with my own car though 😀
  2. Go along to settings in the MFD and choose clock, you can then adjust the time. It seems madness that it doesn't set itself from the GPS data.
  3. I tried all three distances last night too and I tried ECO too and it was a little less eager to get off the line than using my default NORMAL, but I can still pull away smoother and brake smoother too. I guess this isnt really the intended use for ACC, but its still nice to have
  4. Yes I always use normal 😀
  5. Pete, this is how my 2017 Prius works now (the including stationary part), I use it all the time in queueing traffic on my journey home. Personally I can make a smoother take off from stationary myself, the ACC tends to want to take off quicker than I would.
  6. I too have the Toyo's on my Excel and also only really notice any tyre noise on very open coubik surfaces. Other than that I find them very good and will buy them again when the time comes to replace them.
  7. My head unit connects to my iPhone hotspot automatically and as far as I can tell you get access to the Toyota Apps like Weather etc. and live traffic updates. I thought it was going to give me a google earth overlay to the sat nav, but you can only get google earth images when you are stationary which seems pointless. Also I thought the car created its own hotspot when connected, but from what I can tell people just jump onto my phones hotspot. I may be missing other things I can do, but thats what I use it for. I know I can connect to my home network from the garage, but I dont see the point of that. Any data transfer for updates etc would probably be quicker using a USB stick?
  8. No, the default 'pedestrian horn' as they call it on the Zoe is akin to a spaceship and is virtually just as audible inside the car as it is outside which is probably due to the lact of sound insulation. It used to annoy the heck out in me in crawling traffic moaning away and that's is a situation where I would turn it off. There were two other noises that you could choose from but they were equally annoying. I think the US Prius sound generator is pretty good in comparison.
  9. I checked this morning and I had a good charge of battery when I left, my time elapsed was 2 mins and 0.3 miles, the traffic stopped and my engine was off and that was at 17 degrees. Even in the winter I am amazed at how quick the car warms up.
  10. I wonder why the US have Apple CarPlay in the new Rav4 and we don't, is it a licensing issue or because they use Entune 3.0 which is different software to what is used in our units?
  11. Or wearing headphones whilst driving, I still can’t believe it when I see it!
  12. A neighbour has a PHEV outlander and I can hear that coming before any ICE car, it makes a pretty load moaning sound
  13. Yes this was the same in my Zoe that’s why I was interested to know. I guess we will find out in time.
  14. I have heard a sounder on YouTube videos in US/Canada so I wonder it it will be the same unit and whether it’s able to be switched off temporarily?
  15. As Scott mentioned, so many modern petrol cars are now are so quiet they are virtually unaudible at idle/crawl speed, even more so when combined with surrounding ambient noise..... so should they have sounders too? I used to have one on my Zoe, but it would annoy the heck out of me as it was so audible inside the car and was noisier than an ICE outside. It stopped after reaching 18MPH and there were 3 selectable noises, but they were all pretty bad, but I think the default 'Jetsons' one was probably the least intrusive. In crawling nose to tail traffic I would turn it it off as it drove me nuts. Of course it is a good thing for the visually impaired/hard of hearing, but no matter how loud a car is ICE or EV/Hybrid it won't make a jot of difference to people who have their heads burried in their phones walking along without a consideration for what/who is around them. Bearing this in mind I am always very vigilant for vulnerable people in areas most open to this kind of thing, especially multi story car parks where people are often quite distracted and slow speed urban areas.