Android Auto can be found in many major units of modern vehicles, but if you don’t have a compatible radio, Google provides a standalone app that simulates the experience: an interface that only allows access to the most important messaging, music and communication apps while doing so in a way that minimizes distractions. Last year at the Google I / O conference, the company announced the introduction of a new driving mode, which is now rolling out to Android users in the US.
The new Driving Mode is somewhat similar if Android Auto is integrated into Google Maps, with an emphasis on Google Assistant. We saw a prompt in Google Maps before starting the navigation path introducing the new interface. Basically, it’s an extra bar at the bottom of the navigation window.
There is a shortcut for Assistant in the lower left corner, and a new Shortcut for Applications appears in the lower right. You also get superior control over the music. The title of the podcast or the current song appears here, and there is a Skip button to keep the track list moving. The downside is that it doesn’t have a skip back button is being Aim to reduce distraction.
By default, this mode will appear as soon as you start scrolling, and it will also enable Do Not Disturb automatically. Like Android Auto, you can still receive messages from apps and reply to them with sound. Phone calls also won’t occupy the entire screen, so you can keep your eyes on the map.
The rollout of the new Driving Mode appears to be rolling out widely for Android Google Maps users in the US. Let us know what you think of the new interface.