Google Maps Gets Enhanced COVID Layer, Assistant Driving Mode & More

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In an official blog, Google has announced some new features for Google Maps. Features like enhanced COVID layer, live status of takeout and delivery orders, Assistant Driving Mode, etc. are coming to the navigation app.

Notably, the Google Maps Assistant Driving Mode is a feature that has been long-awaited by the users. However, the Assistant Driving Mode is arriving as an early preview and not as a full-fledged feature.

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

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And in order to bring more information and help users safely navigate during the holiday season, Google has decided to up its game in giving more information to its users.

Both the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps will gain the all-time recorded cases of a given area. And also, links to local authorities for medical or emergency purposes will also be provided.

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Improved COVID-19 Layer

Real-time crowdedness is also a much needed and important feature that is getting added to Google Maps via the new update. Apparently, using this feature, users would be able to know how busy your bus or train is going to be.

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Real-Time Crowdedness

So, taking a quick glance at the information from Real-time crowdedness, users can change their traveling plans accordingly. The accuracy of the results will depend on the popularity of the place.

Google Maps is also getting a live status of takeout and delivery orders feature

Good news for Google Maps users in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, or India, as these regions are getting the live status of takeout and delivery orders feature.

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Live Delivery Status

You will be able to track your food order, watch wait times, and also the delivery fees. Moreover, you will also be able to view the restaurant reservation status in over 70 countries.

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One of the much-awaited features that have long under testing is the Google Maps Assistant Driving Mode. Note that this feature is currently only available for Android users in English. And that too in the US.

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Assistant Driving Mode

With this feature, users can make use of their voice to respond to voice calls or send text messages. In fact, the users can also make the Assistant read their message out loud without having to look at the phone.

Additionally, you will also be able to control your media playback without the need of leaving the navigation screen. You can enable this feature by heading over to the Assistant Settings>>Getting around>>Driving mode.

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