Google Assistant driving mode in Maps arrives in more countries
Notably, the feature had been in its infancy for quite some time for Android users in the United States. So far, it is now deployed in more regions.
Google made the Google Assistant driving mode in Maps available in English at I / O 2019. After taking its time, the feature is now available to more Android users.
To be more specific, the feature is currently being rolled out for Android users in Australia, Britain, Ireland, India, and Singapore. However, note that this new Driving Mode feature in Maps will only be available in English.
The cool thing here is that Google is expanding this functionality even though Google Assistant is still in its early stages. To take advantage of this feature, an Android user must be running Android 9 Pie or higher and have a device with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.
Speaking of the update, it features a dark bar at the bottom of the screen. There is a microphone in the left corner, while the right opens the app launcher.
The driving mode of the Google Assistant also gives access to the full screen pages for calls and messages
The most recently used application will appear in the center, which is usually occupied by the last used media. Tapping on it introduces media controls. Using the controls, you can play / pause and skip tracks, etc.
An additional click on this section opens all the controls in full screen. The app launcher displays all apps compatible with Android Auto with large icons.
In addition, the Driving View also gives the user access to full screen pages for calls and messages. It includes access to frequent contacts and recent conversations.
Before you can try this feature, you must allow Assistant notifications. This is necessary to receive message notifications and grant access to your directory.
Open Google Assistant and say, “Hey Google, open Assistant settings”. A new Settings page will open and you will need to go to Transport> Riding Mode and enable the Riding Mode option.
Finally, to start the Assistant driving mode, open the Google Maps app on your Android smartphone and search for a location. Then just start browsing.
If the function is active in your area, the interface of the driving mode function will be displayed on your phone.