We’ve known for a while that a driving mode was coming to Google Assistant and too long ago some users suddenly started seeing it on their Android devices.
As we talk about the new Google Assistant Driving Mode, announced by Google last year, more users are reported to be bringing it to their devices running the stable version of Google Maps and Google Apps.
In other words, it’s not part of the beta program, and Google is believed to have launched a universal rollout of the new auxiliary driving mode on production devices.
People at XDA suggest that this new experience may be driven by a server-side switch and not by a specific update for the aforementioned application. This means that there is nothing you can do to enable the new driving mode, because Google is probably slowly rotating it to users around the world.
After the driving mode goes live on your device, you should see a new menu on the assistant’s settings screen that lets you enable and disable this feature and configure other options, such as letting go of messages while driving and ignoring incoming calls.
The user interface of the Android devices that this new Google Assistant comes with looks a lot like Android Auto for phones. Users are provided with a home screen where they can access essential features such as calls and messages and apps that make them like Google Maps and YouTube Music while driving. Google Maps is actually an essential part of this new experience, and at the moment, it doesn’t seem to allow other navigation apps. Not at first, at least.
For now, the manifestation of this feature seems to be happening in waves, but it shouldn’t take too long before it’s enabled on more devices. At the time of writing, it’s still not in my Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra running Google Maps and the latest stable builds of the Google app.