Driving assistant mode helps you complete actions while driving. With your voice, you can read and send messages, make calls and control multimedia content. Start driving mode in the Google Maps app. In driving mode, at the bottom right, tap App Launcher.
Tap an application. On November 21, the company will cancel the control panel view that was first launched late last summer, moving the experience completely to Maps and simplifying the experience for drivers. You can also create a shortcut on the home screen to access assisted driving mode. Driving mode was already perceived as a degradation compared to Android Auto, but some people liked it, and Google noted that millions of people use both instances of driving mode every day.
The only difference between the two is that you can access the standalone version with a voice command such as “Hello, Google, start driving mode” or by pressing the direct access to driving mode on the phone's home screen. If you want to access driving mode in Google Assistant, there are several ways to do so. Of course, you can also access multimedia applications such as YouTube, Spotify, VLC and Google Podcasts when you use Google Assistant's driving mode. If you're not familiar with Google Assistant's driving mode, read on to learn how to use it.
Basically, you can control everything in Google Assistant's driving mode using voice commands without taking your hands off the wheel. Google is closing Driving Mode, its separate control panel with Assistant that offers quick access to audio controls, contacts, navigation and other shortcuts while you're on the road, according to a report by 9to5Google. Google never provided drivers with a way to return to the control panel view once they were on the road, it only gave them direct access to applications compatible with driving mode, such as multimedia and messaging. In case you didn't know, Android Auto for phone screens (not the version of Android Auto that appears on the car screen) will soon disappear in favor of Google Assistant's driving mode.
As Esper's Mishaal Rahman points out, Google added assistant driving mode to Maps even before launching independent driving mode. With the changes next month, it's best to think of these tools as a feature of Maps, not as part of Assistant or Android. One way to do this is to open Google Maps and start navigation, which opens the assistant in the background and adds an application launcher in the lower right part for easy access to calls, messages, multimedia content and other applications. According to Google, if you want to use driving mode in Google Assistant, you must have a smartphone with 4 GB of RAM installed with the Android version 9.0 or higher.
As long as you have a reasonably up-to-date Android smartphone, you can use driving mode in Google Assistant and you don't need to download it through the Play Store as Android Auto.