The Google Assistant Driving mode that the corporate first introduced in 2019 has began showing on some Android units, XDA-Developers reported. The UI seems to be considerably totally different from what Google showed at its I/O developers conference final yr. XDA says it first observed one thing was coming about two weeks in the past, when customers reported seeing a brand new navigation interface in Google Maps.
It’s not clear whether or not the rollout of this new mode is a part of a check or might be coming for all customers. Mishaal Rahman at XDA mentioned he noticed the brand new driving mode on a Google Pixel 4, an Asus ZenFone 7 Professional, and an LG Velvet, and he surmises that the brand new mode will substitute the Android Auto app on smartphones. That appears in keeping with what Google told The Verge final yr.
Whether or not the brand new mode will embrace all of the options Google described when it first unveiled the driving mode additionally isn’t but clear. It was meant to be out there on any Android cellphone with Assistant, utilizing a “Hey Google, let’s drive” voice immediate that will carry up a dashboard with driving-relevant actions and different personalised suggestions. And it could present infotainment options to drivers whose automobiles aren’t geared up with touchscreen shows.
The voice immediate doesn’t seem to work but even on units enabled with the brand new mode, according to Android Police. To see in case your system has Assistant Driving Mode, open Google Maps and from the navigation settings menu, and choose “Google Assistant settings.” If it’s not enabled, you’ll be taken to the primary Assistant settings part.
Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra data Sunday.