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Google Maps can now predict where you're driving

Google Maps can now predict where you're driving
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK

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.

Google Maps v9.19

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