Google Maps Driving Mode begins rolling out globally

Google Maps Driving Mode begins rolling out globally
Google Maps Driving Mode is a feature apparently designed for the manliest of men who refuse to ask for directions and insist that all they need to find their way is a map. Sure, you can ask for directions if you want to admit your weakness, but otherwise you can just turn on Driving Mode and Google Maps will give you the isometric view of where you are with certain info layered on.

When using Driving Mode, Maps will suggest destinations based on your travel history, show you traffic on nearby streets, and warn you about any road closures in the area. Overall, it's kind of like having a not-so-intrusive co-pilot while you're out for a drive, just in case your podcasts or music don't help you feel less lonely. 

Driving Mode is not exactly a new feature, though it will be new for some. The feature first showed up at the beginning of the year in some select regions like the US, Canada, and select European markets, although suggested destinations weren't available to all at first. Now, Driving Mode is reportedly expanding to more regions including India, Lebanon, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Argentina, Indonesia, the UK, Pakistan, Brazil and more. So, it seems safe to say the feature is getting its proper global rollout. 

You can access Driving Mode in the hamburger menu as the "Start Driving" option, or you can set a shortcut on your homescreen to bounce right into it. 


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6 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Too bad there's no way to shut off "you're on the best route" message and a few other things Google needs to address.

2. Unordinary unregistered

You can. It's called tapping the little "x" or waiting 15 seconds for it to go away. I for one like it because it shows prying Uber passengers that I'm not shamming them a route haha.

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"You can. It's called tapping the little "x" or waiting 15 seconds for it to go away. " How's that shutting off the :you're on the best route: message? you are just closing it before it can finish. The message popping every time is stupid and the only time a message should pop up is "we have found a better route would you like to switch? (voice command should enable for a few seconds for a yes/no response )"

5. Unordinary unregistered

Yes this is true. I misunderstood

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

should be called like free roam or free driving mode as it's not directing you however keeping you informed whats around you

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

So after removing this feature 4 years ago, they finally put it back in. I use to use it all the time to view traffic around me until they removed it.

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