Google Maps has updated its mobile app with new voice search capabilities which can help people do more while keeping their eyes on the road.
Now, after entering driving mode, the “OK Google” voice command can be used in various ways. It will be obvious when a voice command can be used at a given time by looking for the white microphone icon in the top right.
Uttering the phrase “OK Google” will trigger the app to start listening to for your next command. Alternatively, you can just tap on the microphone icon and proceed with your voice command. From there, you can tell the app to perform tasks or find information for you. Such as “find the next rest stop”, or “what’s my ETA?”
In order for this to work, it has to be set up properly. To do that, open the Google Maps app and tap on the three-dot menu button on the bottom right. Then go to Settings > “OK Google detection” > turn on “While driving”.
In addition to the usual voice commands, Google has added some new ones, including:
- “Show / Hide traffic”
- “Mute / Unmute voice guidance”
- “Avoid tolls / highways / ferries”
- “How’s traffic ahead?”
- “Show alternate routes”
Here is a full list of the new voice commands you can use with Google Maps. To start using them, update the Google Maps app on either iOS or Android, and then hit the road. Safe travels!