Android Auto is found in many of today’s major vehicle units, but if you don’t have a compatible radio, Google offers an app that will stand the test of time: an interface that only lets and receive most important call apps. while doing so in a way that minimizes anxiety. Last year at Google I / O, the company announced the arrival of a new drive mode, which has now been rolled out to Android users in the US.
The new drive mode is like Android Auto integrated into Google Maps, with an emphasis on Google Assistant. We saw a sneak peek in Google Maps just before we started an navigation route that introduced the new interface. It is basically an add-on bar at the very bottom of the navigation window.
There is a shortcut for the assistant at the bottom left corner, and a new shortcut for apps appears on the right. You also get super-simple music control. The title of the podcast or custom song appears here, and there’s a team button to keep the track list moving. The downside is that there is no button to jump back on but it is is means to reduce anxiety.
By default, this mode will appear as soon as you start navigating, and will also allow Do Not Disturb automatically. Like Android Auto, you can still receive messages from apps and reply to them by voice. Phone calls also don’t take up the entire screen so you can keep your eyes on the map.
The release of the new drive mode seems to be widely rolled out to Android users of Google Maps in the US. Let us know what you think of the new interface.