Google Assistant Driving Mode, which the company first announced in 2019, has started appearing on some Android devices, XDA developers reported. The user interface looks somewhat different from what Google showed at its I / O developer conference last year. XDA says it first noticed something happening about two weeks ago when users reported seeing a new navigation interface in Google Maps.
It is not clear if the rollout of this new mode is part of a test or coming to all users. Mishaal Rahman at XDA said he saw the new driving mode on a Google Pixel 4, an Asus ZenFone 7 Pro and an LG Velvet, and he suspects the new mode will replace the Android Auto app on smartphones. That seems to be in line with what Google said The edge last year.
Whether the new mode will include all the features that Google described when it first revealed the driving mode is also not yet clear. It was meant to be available on any Android phone with Assistant using a “Hey Google, let̵
The voice message does not seem to work yet, even on devices activated in the new mode, according to Android Police. To see if your device has assistant drive mode, open Google Maps and from the navigation settings menu, select “Google Assistant Settings”. If not enabled, you will be taken to the main assistant settings section.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for more information Sunday.