Google Assistant Driving Mode on Maps seems to have started rolling out on Android devices, as per a report. The Driving Mode on Google Assistant feature was first unveiled by Google at its I/O developers conference last year. Although it is unclear if the Google Assistant driving mode is being tested or will be rolling out for all devices soon, the Driving Mode on Google Assistant feature is meant to be a replacement for the Android Auto app on smartphones. The Google Assistant driving mode will help users have direct access to the voice-forward dashboard.
In the ‘Navigation Settings‘ of Google Maps, the ‘Google Assistant settings‘ item was updated with the following description – ‘Manage driving mode‘. Tapping on this item opens up a new driving mode settings page for Google Assistant, as per the report. Until now, the description for the item simply said ‘Google Assistant settings,’ and on clicking the same, you were redirected to the general settings page for Google Assistant.
The Driving mode would launch on Google Assistant once the user connects their phone to the car’s Bluetooth. If the user’s phone is not connected to the car, they could just say, “Hey Google, let’s drive“. In addition to driving mode, Google also announced to make it possible to use Assistant to remotely control cars like users could ask Google to adjust the car’s temperature before the driver gets in.