Google Assistant Driving Mode is specifically designed to replace the annoying Android Auto. Here’s how you can use this new system feature.
Google confirmed that it would no longer offer its Android Auto. Although this could be sad news, many users would be quite relieved since Android Auto always suffer from never-ending bugs. The popular car application was first launched way back in 2014 as a way for smartphones to interface with car stereos. When your phone is connected to a compatible car stereo, it projects a car-optimized launcher with quick access to select multimedia and navigation apps suitable for use when driving.
In late 2016, Google launched a new way to use Android Auto, on phone screens. The Android Auto app on smartphones featured big icons, quick access to the voice assistant, large cards for notifications, and integration with the company’s Maps app, the dialer, and select media apps, but it has since been succeeded by a new experience that’s part of Assistant.
Assistant Driving Mode’s Details
The new Google Assistant Driving Mode feature was already rolled out to users back in October 2020. On the other hand, the company decided to expand its availability to users outside of the United States recently in April.
This means that most users should have access to the feature now when beginning navigation in Google Maps, so it’s no surprise to see Google end support for the Android Auto phone screen experience.
The giant search engine company explained that “Google Assistant driving mode is our next evolution of the mobile driving experience. For the people who use Android Auto in supported vehicles, that experience isn’t going away.”
The company added that for those “who use the on-phone experience (Android Automobile app), they will be transitioned to Google Assistant driving mode. Starting with Android 12, Google Assistant driving mode will be the built-in mobile driving experience. We have no further details to share at this time.”
How To Use the New Assistant Driving Mode Feature
Start driving mode
- On your Android phone, open the Maps app.
- Search for your destination or tap it on the map.
- After that, you need to click the Start button.
Things you can do with Assistant Driving Mode
- Make a call: Say “Make a call” or “Call [contact].”
- Send a message: “Send a message to [contact]” or “Send a message.”
- Get your messages: “Read my messages.”
- Answer a call: The assistant will say “Call from [contact], do you want to pick it up?”
- Listen to music: “Play [artist],” or “Play [genre].”
Using App Launcher
- Start driving mode in the Maps.
- In driving mode, at the bottom right, tap App Launcher.
- Tap an app.