Google Maps gets an enhanced COVID layer, auxiliary driving mode, and more

in a The official blogGoogle announced some new features of Google Maps. Features like Enhanced COVID Layer, Online Status of Purchase Orders and Delivery, Assistant Driving Mode, etc. We are coming to the navigation application.

Notably, the driving mode in Google Maps Assistant Driving Mode is a long-awaited feature by users. However, the Driving Assistant mode arrives as an early preview rather than as a full feature.

Back in September, Google Maps acquired the COVID-19 core layer that showed the average weekly numbers of coronavirus cases recorded across 220 countries from official sources.

In order to bring more information and help users to navigate safely during the holiday season, Google decided to upgrade its game by providing more information to its users.

Both iOS and Android versions of Google Maps will get all-time registered statuses for a specific region. Also, links will be provided to local authorities for medical or emergency purposes.

Google Maps improved Covid layer
Improved COVID-19 layer

Real-time congestion is also an essential and important feature that is added to Google Maps with the new update. Apparently, with this feature, users will be able to see how busy your bus or train is.

Busy google maps in real time
Congestion in real time

So, by glancing at the information from the real-time congestion, users can change their travel plans accordingly. The accuracy of the results depends on the popularity of the place.

Google Maps also gets live status for the pick-up and drop-off feature

Good news for Google Maps users in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil or India, as these regions get the live status of the ordering and delivery feature.

Live google maps delivery status
Live delivery status

You will be able to track your food order, view waiting times, and delivery charges. Moreover, you will also be able to view restaurant reservation status in more than 70 countries.

One of the long-awaited and long-tested features is the Google Maps Assistant driving mode. Note that this feature is currently available for English-language Android users only. This is also in the United States.

Driving mode Assistant Google Maps
Assistant driving mode

With this feature, users can make use of their voice to answer voice calls or send text messages. In fact, users can also have the assistant read their message aloud without even having to look at the phone.

In addition to that, you will also be able to control media playback without having to leave the navigation screen. You can enable this feature by heading to File Assistant Settings >> Navigation >> Driving Mode.

Note that all features, except for the driving mode for Google Maps, are available for both Android and iOS users. A new update will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.

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