After announcing Google Assistant Driving Mode back to Google I / O 2019, it seems that Google is finally launching the Android feature. The new feature should serve as a replacement for the Android Auto app on smartphones.
Two weeks ago, some users started seeing a new navigation UI in the Google Maps app. Last week, we discovered evidence tied to the launch of this new navigation UI in Google Assistant Driving Mode. Now, I learned that the new navigation UI is enabled on some of my devices, including the Google Pixel 4, the LG Vvett, and the ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro. The navigation UI I see is similar to what few users saw a few weeks ago, and I discovered a new settings page that further proves that this new navigation UI is really part of the driving mode of Google Assistant.
As you can see in the screenshots embedded below, the “Google Assistant Settings”; item in the “Navigation settings” of Google Maps has been updated with the description “manage driving mode”. . ” Previously, the description for this item said “Google Assistant settings”, and tapping on this item only opened the general settings page for Google Assistant. Now tapping on this item will open a new driver mode settings page for Google Assistant. Oddly enough, toggling “driving mode” on this page did not actually disable the new navigation UI for me, nor could I activate Google Assistant Driving Mode by a command. of voice. It’s possible that the feature was only partially launched for me, though.
The Google Assistant Driving Mode UI presented at Google I / O 2019 looks very different compared to what has been launched for some users over the past few weeks. It is possible that Google is still running A / B tests for the UI, but it is also possible that Google has significantly changed the interface since more than a year since the announcement. Here is a screenshot gallery showing the new UI:
Launching Google Assistant Driving Mode on my devices does not seem to be tied to any particular version of Google Maps and the Google App. My LG Vvett runs Google Maps version 10.52.3 and Google App version 126.96.36.199, my Pixel 4 runs Google Maps version 10.52.3 and Google App version 188.8.131.52, and my ZenFone 7 Pro runs Google Maps version 10.52. 2 and Google App version 184.108.40.206. All of these devices are signed in to my primary Google Account, however, I’m probably one of the lucky few to have received this feature as part of a server-side test.
You can download the latest version of Google Maps and the Google App from the Play Store links embedded below, though there is no guarantee that you will get this feature by updating your apps . Since this feature started appearing on some devices in the last few weeks, we are probably not far from an official announcement.