New Feature From Google Maps: Estimated Toll Tax, Best Routes To Avoid Toll & More!
Google has introduced new features for Google Maps, one of them being the rollout of toll prices which should help choosing between toll roads and regular roads easier.
Users can check the estimated toll price to their destination before undertaking a trip.
Know Toll Price Before Traveling
Google is making this possible by acquiring up-to-date toll pricing information from local tolling authorities.
Some factors that decide the toll price are the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, the day of the week, and how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time the user will be crossing it.
Maps will continue to provide the option of a toll-free route, where available.
2000 Indian Toll Roads Covered
Users can select the route options and ‘avoid tolls’ via a simple tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the directions in Google Maps.
Toll price feature will arrive on Android and iOS this month for nearly 2,000 toll roads in India, U.S, Japan and Indonesia initially.
Google has also released new updates for iOS users.
They can now easily use the app on an Apple Watch or iPhone.
iOS Specific Features
Some new features include a new pinned trip widget which people can use to access trips they have pinned in their Go Tab right from the iOS home screen.
They can check the arrival time, the next departure for the chosen public transport trip, and even a suggested route for those driving.
Other features include direct navigation from the Apple Watch, and Google Maps integration into Siri and the shortcuts app.
Maps On Apple Watch
Apple Watch users can get directions on Maps directly from their Watch.
Set to roll out in a few weeks from now, Watch users will no longer have to begin navigation from an iPhone.
They can simply tap the Google Maps shortcut on their Apple Watch app which will launch the navigation automatically on the Watch itself.
Users can also select the ‘Take me home’ option on their watch which will provide directions back home.
Maps will now be usable through iOS Spotlight, Siri, and the Shortcuts app.
Once the shortcuts have been set up, the user can say “Hey Siri, get directions” or “Hey Siri, search in Google Maps” to access Google Maps instantly.
It will be available in the coming months, with enhanced Siri search functionality coming later this summer.