You’ve got at all times been in a position to run the Android Auto app in your cellphone to get a greater/safer interface whereas driving, however Google does not extensively promote that performance (the Auto app is especially used for connecting to automotive leisure techniques), and it does not at all times work appropriately. Google introduced a substitute over a yr in the past at Google I/O, and it is lastly exhibiting up on telephones.
Google Assistant’s Driving Mode was first revealed at Google I/O 2019, however the firm has been comparatively silent about it since then. Driving Mode was meant to change the cellphone to a minimalist interface with a single voice command, with a house web page containing shortcuts to navigation, calling, music playback, and different choices. Google later stated Driving Mode would exchange Android Auto’s on-phone mode, although the corporate initially stated the transition would happen “within the coming months,” which did not fairly pan out.
The unique incarnation of Driving Mode
Earlier this month, it began to appear like the long-awaited Driving Mode could end up as a feature inside Google Maps, fairly than the app-independent method of Assistant or Android Auto. It seems that performance is being rolled out to extra folks, although it is nonetheless unclear if it is a restricted take a look at, or if Google intendeds to ship this to everybody within the coming weeks. Our pals at XDA Builders say a number of of their telephones have the brand new mode enabled, however it has but to indicate up on any of my units.
The brand new Driving Mode is accessible by tapping your photograph within the Google Maps app, urgent on ‘Navigation settings,’ and eventually choosing ‘Google Assistant settings’. This menu beforehand took you to the overall Assistant settings display (the identical one accessible by Google House, Search, and so forth.), however now it brings up a brand new panel for Driving Mode. You are supposed to have the ability to say “OK Google, let’s drive” to carry up the brand new interface, however even for folks with Driving Mode, that does not seem to work but.
Driving Mode (Supply: XDA Developers)
In its present incarnation, Driving Mode provides a backside toolbar to Google Maps with an Assistant button, a button to scroll by supported apps, and media controls. The final design is much like Android Auto, however the controls are moved round to higher go well with the facet ratios of telephones.
Hold an eye fixed out for the brand new Driving Mode because it (probably) begins to achieve extra telephones. This is hoping Google ultimately unties it from Maps, so you should utilize different mapping purposes like Waze.