+ Sunday December 8th, 2019

At Google IO this year, the Google Assistant team announced a slew of updates and new features including a new ‘Driving mode’ that would automatically launch an Android Auto like UI when you were driving. If a recent video that Google put up – then hid – on their YouTube channel is any indication, perhaps it’s getting ready to launch.

Thanks to Feedly, we caught a glimpse of that video, or at least the remnants of its RSS feed entry.

The text in the RSS makes reference things we knew Assistant’s Driving Mode would include.

Get hands-free help where you need it most — in the car. Send texts, play podcasts, and fund places nearby all while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

There’s not a lot to see here beyond that fact that a video was made about using Google Assistant in the car. We haven’t seen the video, but the UI can see in the thumbnail looks similar to what we saw at IO.

Driving mode is expected to eventually replace Android Auto on devices, whether it ends up replacing the look and feel of in dash Android Auto systems is unclear. We expect that they might merge, even if Google keeps the Android Auto marketing name for in-dash systems.

The feature was said to arrive in the US summer, which it turns out started a few weeks back with the equinox. Technically Google still has about 10 weeks left.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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Glenn
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Glenn

I already do all this with android auto.
What the difference?

Nathan Wildman
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Nathan Wildman

There is a typo in this article…..

**find

Get hands-free help where you need it most — in the car. Send texts, play podcasts, and **fund places nearby all while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

Ammad
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Ammad

Is Google hell bent on closing down apps that I use the most?

Inbox, gone!
Trips, gone!
Android Auto, going!

be together not the same
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be together not the same

Android Auto is still a thing, but they’re removing it on phones because it is not safe to look down and manipulate your phone while driving

Ammad
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Ammad

Well I don’t ‘look down and manipulate my phone while driving’… But is removing AA from phones going to stop those that do?

Piers Porter
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That doesn’t make sense to me. It’s much harder to use your phone while driving *without* Android Auto than it is with it, and therefore removing it makes driving more dangerous.

Adam
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Adam

Good! This is an expanded version of one of the features I miss from my Moto finally making its way to Pixel

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