According to Google’s support page for Maps, Google Assistant driving mode is now rolling out in Google Maps to Android users in India.
“Thanks to the new driving-friendly Assistant interface, you can easily get more done while keeping your focus on the road. Use voice to send and receive calls and texts, quickly review new messages across your messaging apps in one place,” noted Google on the support page.
Google Assistant will also read out texts so that people don’t have to look down at their phones. Android users will also get alerts for incoming calls which they can answer or decline with their voice.
Goole says that Driving mode ensures that users can do all this without actually leaving the navigation screen. This will ensure to a certain extent that distractions are minimised for the driver.
How does Driving mode work in Google Maps?
Google explains that it’s quite simple to get started with driving mode. Users simply have to begin navigating to a destination with Google Maps and tap on the pop up to get started. Another way to get started is head to Assistant settings on your Android phone or say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.” Then simply select “Transportation,” choose “Driving mode” and turn it on.
The feature is currently available for Android users only and will work on phones running Android version 9.0 phones or higher with 4GB RAM.