New reports have surfaced this week that Google is still beta testing the new Wizard-based ‘Driving Mode’ complete with pictures, and it doesn’t seem like much so far.
When Google first showed off the assistant driving mode in spring 2019, it was a flawless replacement for the phone’s screen version of Android Auto. Now the feature is rolling out to a ‘Preview’ in the US, giving us a clearer view of the software.
For example, this preview isn’t even part of the Google Assistant app and is instead buried within Google Maps. That being said, it still seems to offer many of the same features as before.
MobileSyrup you can’t test the feature because it’s only rolling out to people in the US, but 9to5Google It says it works much like Android Auto with a grid of apps and quick buttons to activate the Google Assistant to make a call or send a text message.
Preview the Google Assistant driving mode in Maps on your #Android Phone, Available Now in the US Easily access what you need to drive and get things done quickly while keeping your attention on the road. Learn more: https://t.co/5wEvwlaJrj pic.twitter.com/ACZia4MSKO
– Android (@Android) January 11, 2021
A tweet from the Android account also shows how the app displays text messages and calls. This is similar to what happens in Android Auto, but Google also steps in to tell you who is calling or what your text says.
When I take a step back, I can see why Google wanted to embed this feature in Google Maps, as it is a very useful tool for getting around, but the original driving mode that was shown features a very cool design that I thought it was going to do. be a more important business for Google.
Hopefully when the feature launches, it will look more like the original vision. We can also expect it to launch soon now that people are testing it out. However, Google announced that the Driving Mode would be out in the summer of 2019, and we haven’t really seen it yet, suggesting that the company is really taking its time with this launch.
You can learn how to set the driving mode preview on Google’s support site, but even changing the language of our Assistant to US English didn’t help, so your mileage may vary.