Google began testing a new useful function Google Maps (Google Maps) – a special mode Car Mode with an interface optimized for use while driving. Car mode is similar to the interface used in Android Auto, but in this case, only the Google Maps application for smartphones is used.
In Car Mode uses elements of the interface of the Google Maps application for Android Auto, including large buttons and home screen design.
The main screen with maps and navigation remained unchanged. However, the bottom panel of the application has changed. Now it has two buttons – a microphone on the left to activate the Google Assistant voice and an access button in the menu on the right.
By pressing it, the user gets to the new screen, strongly reminiscent of the Android Auto interface. There are large buttons for calls, messages, podcasts, YouTube Music and so on. By clicking on each of them opens the corresponding window, also optimized for the driver. In the center of the bottom panel at each such page is the Google Maps logo to return to the main application screen.
At the moment Google Maps car mode is tested on selected users, the update server and activated by Google itself.