Since the end of last year, the Google maps test the new one Google Assistant driving mode. This is a new and improved voice control and navigation interface that will replace the mobile version of Android Auto.
The preview of Google Assistant driving mode it is activated in selected accounts, and in one of our accounts we were finally able to test the improved Google Maps browser to tell you all the news that you’ll find when this feature officially hits the world.
How to activate the Google Assistant driving mode
If you want to know if you can take the Google Assistant test drive you just have to go to Settings> Navigation settings and see if in Google Assistant settings
the driving mode It is activated from these “Google Assistant Settings”. A map will appear informing us that we can preview this feature. By clicking on “More information”, you will take a quick tour of its main news.
This is the driving mode of the Google Assistant
The main novelty of the Google Assistant driving mode is the new bottom menu that allows us to activate the Google Assistant and access a media application drawer supported, like YouTube Music, Spotify, Play Libros, Google Podcasts or Telegram.
The second novelty is that the driving mode will be in charge of managing calls and messages while driving with a new interface and voice commands. You can accept calls and listen to messages with just your voice.
The third novelty is that while we are driving all other notifications will be disabled so there are no distractions. When you start the driving mode, the “Do not disturb” mode of your mobile is automatically activated.
Driving mode will integrate our favorite music applications in its interface, with a design that will show the recommendations and the covers in large for when we are parked in the car, with voice command suggestions for when we drive.
The main view of the driving mode has the button “Media” which allows us to access the section “For you”, What region selection of proposals with music, podcasts, and audiobooks that we would love to listen to at that time.
In addition to direct “Calls” access which gives us quick access to our favorite contacts and recent calls, the Driving View allows us to use the Google Assistant to make and answer calls. For incoming calls, the Google Assistant will inform us who is calling us and ask us if we want to accept the call using only our voice.
The same happens for messages, In addition to being able to use Google Assistant voice commands to send messages to our contacts, when we receive a new message the Google assistant will allow us listen to them and answer them with our voice. The main view also has a shortcut to view recent messages and send a message to your favorite contacts.
When will the driving mode reach everyone?
This question remains a mystery, in the United States they have been testing this feature since the fall and in Europe the testing phase started last April. On other occasions, Google has taken advantage of the summer holidays to launch important new features on Google Maps, because at this time of year, travel for the holidays increases a lot.