Android Auto may be discovered in lots of trendy automobile head-units, however should you don’t have a suitable radio, Google gives a standalone app that simulated the expertise: an interface that solely permits entry crucial messaging, music, and calling apps whereas doing it in a manner that minimizes distractions. Final yr at Google I/O, the corporate introduced a brand new driving mode was coming, and its now rolling out to Android customers within the US.
The brand new driving mode is form of like if Android Auto was fused into Google Maps, with an emphasis on Google Assistant. We noticed a immediate in Google Maps simply earlier than starting a navigation route that launched the brand new interface. Mainly, it’s an add-on bar on the very backside of the navigation window.
There’s a shortcut for the assistant on the lower-left nook, and a brand new shortcut for apps seems on the lower-right. You additionally get super-simplified music management. The title of the present podcast or track seems right here, and there’s a skip button to maintain the observe record shifting. The draw back is that it doesn’t have a button to skip backwards however it is meant to cut back distraction.
By default, this mode will seem as quickly as you start navigating, and it’ll additionally robotically allow Do Not Disturb. Like Android Auto, you’ll be able to nonetheless obtain messages from apps and reply to them by voice. Cellphone calls gained’t additionally take up all the display so you’ll be able to preserve your eyes on the map.
The rollout of the brand new driving mode seems to be broadly rolling out to Android customers of Google Maps within the US. Tell us what you consider the brand new interface.