After rolling out the Google Assistant Driving Mode for US users, the tech firm is now expanding this service to other regions including India. Other than India the driving mode is now being released in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, and Singapore. This functionality is claimed to minimize distraction while you are on the driver’s seat. The feature gets all your work done from making/sending a call or message to receiving calls. All you need is to use the power of your voice. Yes, the Google Driving Mode will only let you focus on your driving, while the assistant will take care of your smartphone needs.
The Google Assistant Driving mode lets you perform tasks by reducing distraction and make every drive safer, more informed, connected, and enjoyable. According to the tech giant, “Assistant driving mode helps you get things done while you navigate with Google Maps. With Assistant driving mode you can read and send messages, make calls, and control media with your voice, without leaving Google Maps navigation.”
When the feature lands on your device all you need to do is just say, “Hey Google, open Assistant settings”. Now tap on the Transportation and then Driving mode. Then simply turn on this feature. It should be noted that this functionality is available to Android Version 9.0 or higher and a device with 4GB of RAM or more. It works in portrait mode only.
A device automatically enters driving mode when you start navigating in Google Maps. Then search for your destination or tap it on the map. Tap on Start. Besides this, you can also say, “Hey Google, navigate to [destination].”
Google explains that you can use the following voice command to use the feature:
- Make a call: Say “Make a call” or “Call [contact].”
- Answer a call: The assistant will say “Call from [contact], do you want to pick it up?”
- Send a message: “Send a message to [contact]” or “Send a message.”
- Get your messages: “Read my messages.”
- Listen to music: “Play [artist],” or “Play [genre].”
Moreover, the users can also access other apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or apps by other music providers. Without leaving Google Maps navigation you can access other services including sending text messages, making phone calls, and controlling media. This seems to be a useful tool for Android smartphone users that can surely make every ride safer.
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