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Driving Mode In Google Maps Predicts Your Destination

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Jan 13, 2016, 11:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google is adding a feature to Google Maps for Android today that guesses where drivers want to go and then helps them get there. Driving Mode factors in the user's home and work addresses, in addition to other destinations from previous searches. When in Driving Mode, for example, Maps will know you've left work and are headed toward home. If it sees traffic problems ahead, it can reroute users even if you haven't selected home as your destination. Alternately, if people sometimes go to the gym after work, it can offer directions there instead. "With a simple shortcut on your home screen, you'll head straight into the new Driving Mode so you're sure to get where you're going on the quickest route possible — without entering a destination," said Google in a statement provided to VentureBeat. "Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices, and quickest routes to familiar places — like home, work, and recently searched destinations — all from your home screen." Driving Mode has been added to the latest version of Maps, but will be limited in its rollout to the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Driving Mode is being made available slowly over the course of the next week.

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