However improved, the Prius maintains several idiotic features. One is the chronic need to “agree” to use the Navigation system. Ubiquitous to Toyota and Lexus nav, a message reminds you to follow the law and that accidents may occur if you drive looking at the screen. Nevermind that the climate, audio, and information controls are all operated through the same device.
Thanks to CoastalEtech, a company out of Indialantic, Florida, there is relief to this frustrating situation! Their Lockpick system will virtually touch the button for you (pictured, notice no hands), as well as unlock the navigation inputs when the vehicle is in motion! It cooperates with the factory system (rather than replacing it) which means that it doesn’t work 100% of the time, but by in large it restores the impression that you are a rational person in control of your vehicle, rather than the other way around.
Lockpick hardware for the Gen 2 Prius (2004-2007) is in stock and installs for $150.