Google has introduced a handful of enhancements coming to Google Maps together with updates to its COVID overlay, takeout ordering options, and real-time crowdedness info for public transport. Alongside them, the corporate says the Google Assistant driving mode, which provides you entry to options like voice controls for music whilst you’re driving, is launching in preview within the US.
The Google Assistant driving mode was first introduced again at Google I/O 2019 and was noticed rolling out on some Android gadgets final month. The mode affords voice controls for options like cellphone calls and media playback from contained in the Maps navigation display, so you’ll be able to entry them whereas retaining your eyes on the highway. These embody having the ability to learn out new messages from totally different messaging apps, reply cellphone calls, and play media from providers like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Podcasts. Google says customers may have the choice of enabling the mode through a pop up in Maps, or else from the Google Assistant settings.
Subsequent up are enhancements to the COVID-19 overlay for Google Maps which launched again in September. Within the coming weeks it’s including extra info to it throughout Android and iOS, together with particulars in regards to the quantity of circumstances detected in complete in an space, in addition to hyperlinks to COVID info supplied by native authorities. Google says this might provide help to discover details about native guidelines and laws whenever you’re travelling.
There are enhancements coming to the data Google Maps exhibits about how crowded public transport is. Google says Maps can now present you the way crowded public transport is in actual time, serving to you keep away from a selected prepare or bus route if it’s going to be troublesome to socially distance. It makes use of suggestions from Google Maps customers, and shall be out there on Android and iOS globally. The function builds on the predictive crowdedness info Google first began providing final 12 months.
Google Maps can also be displaying extra details about takeout meals from contained in the app on iOS and Android, after including the power to place meals orders immediately final 12 months. It might now present supply prediction instances, or when a meal is able to be picked up from a restaurant. Google says the function is rolling out in america, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil and India.
Google says it’s added virtually 250 new options to Maps this 12 months for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with many designed to assist individuals get round in an period of latest well being laws and social distancing. These have included alerts about face-covering guidelines on public transport, in addition to warnings to name forward to a physician should you assume you could have COVID-19.