the Assistant will alert users of an incoming call
Google’s Assistant Driving Mode feature is being made available in more countries, including India.
According to Google, this feature allows users to use their voice to send and receive calls and texts while out on the road.
It also offers a read-out of text messages, eliminating the opportunity to look at your phone while driving.
In general, Google’s Assistant Driving Mode can help its users to achieve more while driving.
It can make effective use of commute times, whilst allowing users to still focus on the road.
Google made the announcement of its first international launch on its support page on Friday, April 16, 2021.
“This preview of Google Assistant driving mode, which has been available to Android users in English in the United States, will now be available to Android users in English in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, India and Singapore.”
Previously, only Android users living in the USA had access to Google’s Assistant Driving Mode.
Now, the feature is being made available internationally.
Google also says that the Assistant will alert users of an incoming call, so they can use their voice to either accept or decline it.
The feature also allows media to be played from the likes of YouTube and Spotify.
Google’s Assistant Driving Mode, created to “minimise distractions on the road”, is currently only available in English.
However, they are looking to expand this feature despite Google Assistant being in its early preview stage.
The Assistant Driving Mode is available for Android version 9.0 phones or higher versions, with 4GB of Ram.
To activate the feature, begin navigating to a destination with Google Maps and select the pop-up to get started.
An alternative way is to say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings” on your Android phone. Then select ‘Transportation’, and ‘Driving mode’.
Assistant driving mode is one of the multiple new features recently introduced by Google.
According to Paul Thurrott, the tech giant announced five new features for its Assistant on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
One of the new features includes the ‘find my phone’ feature being functional on iPhones.
Speaking of the feature, Google’s Lilian Rincon says:
“Once you opt in to receiving notifications and critical alerts from the Google Home app, you’ll get a notification and hear a custom ringing sound, even when the phone is on silent or if Do Not Disturb is enabled.”
Other features include online food orders from various restaurants, and the ability to create sunrise and sunset routines based on your location.