Wednesday , August 22 2018

Using Google Assistant to get your directions is pretty straight forward, but it kind of assumes you’ve got a car. What if you’re on foot, taking the train, or riding a bike? Well, Google is bringing precisely that kind of functionality to Assistant, mirroring what’s been available in Google Maps for what feels like forever.

As you can see above, the new “Getting around” menu option is now present in Google Assistant, and you can tell Assistant how to .. well .. get you around. The choices include walking, public transit, biking, and driving. You can specify different settings for your commute and general directions. After setting that, you can ask for directions via Assistant and it will provide your preferred type.

 

The change is server side, so it might not be available in your Assistant just yet. That said, it is visible on our office Pixel 2, so you probably should have it soon enough.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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