Google Maps will help you get around even more with Driving Mode

Rob Attrell

January 13, 2016 7:25am

Driving, when you already know where you’re going, is one of the few situations where having a navigation app like Google Maps open on your smartphone is useless. But a new update Google plans to push out to its maps app plans to solve this problem.

The most significant addition to Google Maps in this update is a new “Driving Mode.” Entering this mode, which is reportedly difficult to find according to Android Police, attempts to intelligently provide drivers with information related to possible destinations. The app uses driver history, combined with recent web searches, to show traffic alerts for current routes. The mode also proactively suggests frequent destinations, along with ETAs.

The update moves the turn-by-turn audio navigation toggle back onto the main screen, which is also now clearer and less cluttered. New options within the location history timeline have been added as well, including finer control of what shows up in that timeline, such as locations from Google Photos, or search activity.

The update is rolling out now and should be coming to Android devices by next week.

  • Tony

    I usually keep Waze open for police alerts even if I don’t have a destination plotted. It would be nice if this new Google Maps functionality was baked into Waze as well.

  • Stuntman06

    I always use Waze for traffic and to find the best routes through traffic on my regular commute. Waze will also allow you to share your drive and send notifications to people when you are near your destination. This feature is quite useful when I’m picking up my wife.

  • fruvous

    When are they just going to merge Waze and maps?

    • Stuntman06

      If it means taking away Waze features that I like, I don’t want them to merge.

  • kuox

    Can “Driving Mode” PLEASE automatically read my texts aloud when they are received? One feature that is sorely lacking in vanilla android