Google Maps users can look forward to the new ‘Assistant Driving Mode’. After this has already been rolled out in other countries, the feature is now also available in Germany. Additionally, Google Maps will receive more innovations in the coming months.
Early in 2019, Google announced Google Assistant Driving Mode, an app based on Google Assistant and likely to replace Android Auto. After the feature began rolling out in the USA in January this year, it is now finally available in Germany, as Google is in a blog entry. Advertise.
The “assisted driving mode” should enable the ability to write text messages via voice input, for example via WhatsApp, and initiate calls. At the same time, texts can also be read aloud. All functions can be used without leaving the Google Maps Navigation screen.
With the introduction of Driving Mode, Google wants to make it easier to control Android functions while driving and at the same time to reduce the dangerous use of mobile phones while driving.
Google Maps: Announcing other innovations
In May, Google announced another practical innovation for maps: in Tokyo and Zurich, users will then be able to use the “Live View” function, which will allow them to move through buildings such as airports, malls or train stations thanks to augmented reality.
Collaborations with partners like The Weather Company, AirNow.gov, and the Central Pollution Board in the future will also provide data such as temperature and weather conditions as well as the air quality at a particular location. While weather information is spreading around the world, air quality information will initially only be sent to Australia, India and the USA – but other countries should follow suit.
Google also wants to fulfill its commitment to “reduce its environmental footprint” from last year in the near future: Google Maps should then choose the route with the lowest carbon dioxide footprint by default if the arrival time is only slightly different from the already fastest route. The feature is already active in the USA, and a global launch appears to be already planned.
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