Back in September, Google released several new features to make Android Auto and Driving mode safer and less annoying. Since then, they’ve continued to add new features to Google Assistant’s Drive mode, and now they’re making it even easier to launch with new home screen shortcuts.
Drive mode is primarily for Android Auto for those who do not have an updated stereo in their car or who otherwise cannot access Android Auto but still want similar features on the phone.
In October, Google added the option to automatically launch drive mode when your phone is connected to your car’s Bluetooth, and now they’re taking it a step further with shortcuts. According to 9to5 GoogleGoogle has quietly added a home screen shortcut to Drive mode so that people can keep their hands and eyes on the wheels instead of getting bogged down in the settings menu.
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This new feature is only available as a beta, but we expect it to be introduced on all devices soon. If you have the latest Google App Beta installed on your phone, you should see a “Add Driving Mode to Home screen” popup at the bottom of the screen. Then, just add a shortcut to your home screen.
Creating shortcuts isn’t important, and it’s not a big new feature, but it’s another way that Google is making navigation and other features faster, easier and safer to use while in the car.
As a reminder, users can also say, “Hey Google, let’s drive” or “Start driving mode” and it will open immediately without touching the phone.
9to5 via Google