Google Maps app will be getting a new driving mode interface

Joanna Estrada
September 29, 2020

After adding a new COVID-19 layer to track coronavirus trends by region to Google Maps, Google has started testing a new vehicle mode UI for the navigation app.

Google is introducing a new interface for its Google Maps app which will resemble the car-mode interface of Android Auto, to make it easier for you to use the app while you're driving, reports Android Police. See why I'm confused?

Anyway, speaking of the UI itself, it brings in large buttons on the bottom for launching the voice assistant and for what can be described as an app screen with compatible apps. The controls have large text and buttons to help you easily control your music while driving. Furthermore, a dedicated sub-menu would make it possible to launch a dashboard screen that would provide access to more apps like YouTube Music, Spotify, calls, and messages.

Google Maps on Android has a new Android Auto style driving UI

The bottom navigation bar also seems to be inspired by Android Auto, so technically, users can switch from one screen to another in a matter of seconds and with just a tap. The biggest changes in the app interface are the Android Auto-style buttons and home screen navigation pane. This one is simply the Maps icon, and will take you back to the navigation screen without having to fiddle with back buttons and gestures.

As mentioned earlier, the app now has a new home screen that can be accessed by tapping on the new home screen button in the navigation UI. There's no word on when (or if) Google will roll it out widely.

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