Google now allows you to answer calls, send text messages and play music, all from within the Google Maps application, as announced by the company. The new update is now being rolled out to Android phones as it will allow you to focus on the road while the Google Assistant moves to the new driving mode, and this means that you can make and receive calls, send text messages, listen to them and control your music with your voice only in the Google Maps application and without having to take your hands off Steering wheel and take your eyes off the road.
The assistant will alert you to an incoming call so you can answer or reject with your voice, eliminating the need to look at your phone. For example: Instead of peeking at your device to see who’s calling while driving and then clicking to answer, the Google Assistant will say something like (Call from Muhammad, do you want to answer?) And you can then say yes or no to answer or reject the call.
You can also play media from streaming services like YouTube Music, Spotify, and Google Podcasts by saying: “Hey Google, turn on [artist]” or “OK Google, turn on [song name]. You can place orders by genre, albums, or simply say play some music.
To start, open the Google Maps application on your Android phone and start navigating to a destination, then press the pop-up window to start. You can also say “Hey Google, open Assistant Settings,” then select Navigation and choose Driving Mode to turn it on.
Now the auxiliary driving mode feature is only available for Android users (version 9.0 or above). Google says: More advantages will soon appear in the assistant driving mode.
Google is always working to make its application more useful and convenient, and adding many tools and advantages to it, as it announced the addition of three new features to the Google Maps application, including the state of congestion in direct transport. Google said: “Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have added nearly 250 new features and improvements to Google Maps to help you adapt to this new normal.” For example: Google uses aggregate location data to show busy times – which you might want to avoid – for nearly 20 million places around the world. Meanwhile, the maps see 50 million updates every day, with reliable data sourced from more than 10,000 local governments, transit agencies and other organizations.