According to Google, toll estimates will span more than 2,000 roads across the US, Japan, and Indonesia with support for even more countries rolling out soon. Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Google can show users all the upcoming stop signs in the world, but that doesn’t mean anyone is actually going to obey them…(Image source: Google) Google can show users all the upcoming stop signs in the world, but that doesn’t mean anyone is actually going to obey them. An all-new navigation experience in Google Maps enables users to more easily interpret directions with user interface visualization for traffic lights, stop signs, buildings, medians/islands, and precise road width.
Google showed a number of new features and updates coming to Google Maps on iOS and Android in the coming months earlier this week. While some of the new features have people exclaiming, “finally,” others are welcome improvements that will improve the overall navigation experience. For the first time, Google Maps users will be able to see predicted toll rates when planning their journey. This makes it easier to choose between toll roads and toll-free routes based on a range of parameters such as the toll pass or other forms of payment, the date and time a user is expected to traverse it based on route configuration, and so on.
Google states that these changes “…decrease the odds of making last minute lane changes or missing a turn”, but users will have to test the improved maps for themselves to see if these claims hold true. Good news for those who can afford to fill up their RV with gas – no longer find yourself squeezed in on a tight road! On the iPhone and iPad, users will be able to access a number of new home screen widgets for Google Maps, including a selection that displays trips that users have pinned to their Go Tab.
Ideal for cellular-enabled Apple Watch models, a new “take me home” complication can be added to a user’s watch face to instantly map out directions home. Deep integration with Siri and Spotlight for iOS customers comes to Google Maps this summer permitting users the ability to set up Shortcuts app automations that hail directions with their voice. For example users can say “Hey, Siri – search in Google Maps” or “Hey, Siri – get directions”.
A widget designed specifically for transit will additionally allow users to view arrival and departure times, while the Google Maps search widget has been reduced in size to unlock one-tap navigation access for frequent destinations. The Chrome Dino widget would be more useful if Apple added interactive widgets in iOS 16. The Chrome Dino widget would be more useful if Apple added interactive widgets in iOS 16. The Google Maps app on Apple Watch takes a major leap forward, empowering users to obtain directions solely from their smartwatch and eliminating the need to begin the navigation from their iPhone.
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