Categories: Assistant and Artificial IntelligenceNews and Editorial
December 16, 2017
| ~ 1 year ago

Google brings “Getting Around” to your preferences

By Chris Rowland

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.

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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.

Last modified on 16 December 2017 2:23 pm

Chris Rowland

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. 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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