Google Maps

Back in January Google announced that a new Driving Mode was coming to Google Maps for Android, as is quite often the case this new feature was not available in Australia at Launch.

Since then we have seen Google include the add a pitstop to a trip as well as search along current trip features released in Australia, however, Driving mode was still not available. All of that seems to have changed today with Driving mode now appearing without the use of a VPN.

Load up Google Maps, go into the settings and you should find under navigation settings an option to add a shortcut to Driving mode to your home screen as well as a toggle to allow driving related notifications when connected to your car’s Bluetooth.

Google Maps - Driving

Driving mode will automatically determine what you next destination will be based on your location history, search history, and appointments and suggest that location as you navigation destination. We’ve only just discovered the feature has been activated so we will spend a little time getting to know the new functions and let you know if there is anything more to report.

Have you been waiting for driving mode to become available in outside the US? Let us know in the comments.

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Royce
Royce
4 years ago

Does it have speeding alerts and red light / speed camera alerts?

Chris
Reply to  Royce
4 years ago

Doesn’t appear to, no.

Rowan
4 years ago

Does this do similar things with maps on Android Auto?

Max Luong
Max Luong
4 years ago

Sounds good, but I can’t give up Waze.

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  Max Luong
4 years ago

And I thank you for using it, I wish Google would bring traffic reporting to maps, even if it was a superuser option

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson
Reply to  Duncan_J
4 years ago

I get pretty good traffic alerts in maps already. Do you mean manually reporting things?

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  Darren Ferguson
4 years ago

I do, I like to contribute but I prefer google maps app

Chris
Reply to  Duncan_J
4 years ago

Agreed, not so much for reporting traffic jams (as Google gets those pretty much perfect), but more for reporting other things like speed cameras, hazards, fog, etc.

Björn Rostron
Björn Rostron
Reply to  Max Luong
4 years ago

I like the idea of Waze more than the reality of it.

A perfect option would be Google Maps with an additional layer or toggle option to allow reporting of incidences.

Will Dutton
Will Dutton
4 years ago

This is the kind of thing that is amazing if it works

Chris
Reply to  Will Dutton
4 years ago

It seems to be pretty good. It works well for those who have a Monday to Friday job, or who work in the same place each day of the week. If you’re like me and all over the place, the predictions aren’t as useful.

craigo
4 years ago

Cool. This will be handy when I know roughly where I’m going, but I’m too busy (lazy) to enter the destination.