If you can't imagine driving without the help of a navigation app, your life is about to get a little easier. At least, it will if you use Google Maps on an Android device.
Google has upgraded Maps (version 9.19) with some cool and helpful new features. That starts with guessing where you're going.
Google Maps' new Driving Mode uses your location history, and your Web searches, to guess where you're going, if you don't input a destination. Google is trying to help you out for your frequent trips, like to work, when you may not need directions.
Yet, if there's information you need to know, Maps will chime in. For instance, if a street you normally take to work is closed due to an accident or road construction, Maps will now let you know.
To activate Driving Mode, you go to Settings, then Navigation Settings, then click on Add Driving Shortcut to activate it. (See photo.) Note: You may need to restart your Android device a few times before this feature appears. This is likely a bug that Google will eventually fix.
There's more. If Maps sometimes gives you too many directions like, "In a quarter mile, turn left," you can now manage those directions. In v9.19, there's now a toggle where you can turn on or turn off those voiced directions, with the options Muted, Alerts Only, or Unmuted.
You can also better manage your location history on Google Maps. In your timeline's overflow menu, you'll see Timeline Settings, where you used to see Manage Location Settings. Under Timeline Settings, you can now better manage which of your locations that Maps tracks. (See photo.)