The Mountain View-based search giant is killing this app, but that doesn’t necessarily mean users end up with no drive mode on their phones.
No, not at all, because Google actually has even more ambitious long-term plans.
The company is therefore replacing Android Auto for phones with a brand new driving mode, originally provided with Google Maps and powered by Google Assistant.
If you’ve used Android Auto for phones before, you’ll definitely feel at home when the new Riding Mode is launched. This is because its interface is very similar to the app that gets the ax, and in the end, that’s quite a good thing, as it makes the transition to the new mode easier for everyone.
But on the other hand, there are several things you need to know about the Riding Mode, and among them is the support for voice commands allowing you to interact with the app hands-free while driving. conduct.
How to launch the driving mode
Since the new Drive Mode is powered entirely by Google Assistant, it’s pretty clear that Google is betting big on voice commands this time around, and unsurprisingly, you can just kick off the car-optimized experience just by talking to your driver. digital assistant.
Just say “Hey, Google, let’s drive”And Google Assistant should automatically launch Driving View on your mobile device.
More recently, it was discovered that Google is working on several alternatives to this method, including support for an auto-launch powered by the Bluetooth connection.
In other words, the driving mode can just kick in when your phone connects via bluetooth to your car’s speakers, so it knows you’re about to set off on a new ride.
Essential voice commands
As noted, the driving mode was originally developed with Google Maps in mind, so it’s extremely easy to set up the app to provide guidance to a new destination. Say it “Hey, Google, go to [destination],“and you should see Google Maps launch and provide directions to a set destination.
But the Riding Mode isn’t about navigation, and since it’s supposed to replace Android Auto for phones, it does pretty much the same things, all powered by voice commands.
If you want to listen to music, just tell Google Assistant to “Hey Google play [artist],“and you should see your favorite audio app launch and start playing the songs. As an alternative, you can also name the app you want to use directly with a command like”Hey, Google, play Coldplay on Spotify.“
Phone calls and messages are an essential part of the driving mode, and interacting with them hands-free is essential for drivers.
To make a phone call, the only thing you need to say is “Hey, Google, call [contact name].“When someone calls you, Google Assistant should automatically step in, pause your music, and tell you there’s a new” “call from [contact name]And ask if you want to respond. Say it “Yes, and you’re good to go.
If you want to send someone a new message, you can use this command: “Hey, Google, send a message to [contact name].Google Assistant should then search for the contact and ask you to dictate the message you want to send.
The overall experience is as straightforward as it gets, and there’s no doubt Google will be tweaking it further in future updates, especially as the Ride Mode hits general availability, possibly later this year.