More updates are incoming, and Google Maps will predict where you’re going the next time you hop into your car and select ‘Driving Mode’. It’s a useful feature that might also bring shivers down the spine of those who are avoiding technology’s tracking means. Now, they will also foresee what you’re going to do.
The tech giant announced that their newest update will be rolling out in seven countries and only in English at first. It might take some time, but the feature is likely to follow in the footsteps of other useful Google options. This one, in particular, will memorize your usual patterns given the time of day or make a quick scan of your latest searches to understand where you’re going.
It could save time, and become a little creepy as well.
For example, if you’re in the habit of leaving for work at 7 A.M., by turning on ‘Driving Mode’ at that hour, Google Maps will instantly show you the fastest way to get there, taking into account traffic conditions. That way, you will know which is the most efficient path. The same will go vice versa, when you’re heading home from work at a particular hour. Google will make sense it’s your most frequent destination and automatically show you the path.
However, it does not stop there. The intelligent algorithm of Google Maps will also take a quick peek at your browsing history within the last hour. For example, if your last search was the address of a movie theater, when you hop into your car and turn on the feature, it will guide you directly to it. No time will be wasted, and it will basically save you the trouble of putting in addresses.
Of course though, you will not have to rely solely on the predictions. The feature can be turned off at any time, so you may proceed through your day normally. Perhaps you might want to mix it up sometime and choose a different destination. Regardless, Google is likely to remember that, and all you have to do is select ‘Start Driving’.
The feature will first roll out in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Malaysia. As mentioned, for the time being it will only be available in English and for Android devices. However, per Google tradition, it’s likely that an iOS version will follow in the next couple of weeks.
According to a Google spokesperson, with the help of a simple shortcut on your home screen, you’ll be able to head right into ‘Driving Mode’ and Google Maps will do everything from there. No more input of addresses, only the fastest and most efficient ways to get to your destination.
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