Google Maps will soon be showing robots, stop signals, and toll roads
Something to look forward to: Google Maps has undoubtedly been the default navigation tool since people started using smartphones in cars, but there is always room for improvement. The app will soon show detailed information and be easily accessible on mobile devices.
The first addition to the few that come to Google Maps is information about toll roads so drivers can better plan how much the trip will cost. Android and iOS users in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia can see limited prices for their locations before opening roaming from the end of this month. Google will add more countries later.
Google Maps will use information from paid authorities to estimate prices when crossing 2,000 roads in the aforementioned areas. It will account for the selected payment method and day of the week. Users can also tell Google Maps to select routes without tolls and hide tolls from navigation.
In the coming weeks, another Google Maps upgrade will bring robots and stop signals to Android, iOS, Android Auto, and CarPlay users, to better inform them how long the trip can take.
Adding a layout of buildings should also make places more visible, and in some cities, Google Maps will display more accurately the layout of the road. However, the company did not specify which cities or countries would see this improved information.
Car navigation is not the only thing Google plans to improve. In a few weeks, roaming will work on the Apple Watch, with the exception of the iPhone. Later this summer, bringing navigation information with voice commands to iOS should be easy, as developers will better integrate Google Maps with Spotlight, Siri, and shortcuts. In some cases, upgraded widgets will be another way to access Google Maps on iOS very quickly.