Your car does not1; right from your Android phone – with a new feature called Assistant Driving Mode. The company announced the tool Tuesday morning at Google I / O, its annual developer conference. It will work both in Google Maps and Waze. ? No big deal. Google makes it easier for you to use your voice to navigate and stay connected ̵
Assistant Driving Mode is a redesigned dashboard that provides navigation, messages, calls and media players all the way in and out. It is most useful if you have your handset placed in a dashboard though, but it is not necessary to use Assistant Driving Mode.
To start it, you simply say "Hello Google, let's run." When hearing these awake words, the assistant puts up the driving navigation. This hooks your calendar, music and missed calls and, of course, maps. So let's say you leave the office to meet a friend for dinner. Assistant Driving Mode can offer you to navigate there or to the location of your next calendar item.
If you missed a call, it may suggest calling you back while driving – all hands-free. You can also resume a podcast you started listening from home without automatically kicking in.
Mostly, you focus on the map, which driving mode is at the top of your phone screen. A small music player can lie on the bottom. When a call comes in, it will appear at the bottom of the screen so you can watch the map.
Right now, Assistant Driving Mode is only running through the voice wake word. Eventually, Google says you can move the dashboard up on Google Maps and Waze.
Assistant Driving Mode comes later this year on Assistant-enabled Android phones in the United States.
Originally posted May 7 at 10:25 am PT