Google Maps is really handy. I’m generally okay at knowing my way around, getting to places where I need to go, and not forgetting directions, but that’s because I write everything down. I used to have notebooks full of directions of places I would go multiple times, but not enough to learn the route by heart. That lasted entirely too long, because I took forever to get a smartphone. Now that I’ve joined the rest of the world in the 21st Century, I love Google Maps and how it helps me get around town. Now Google’s taking a great product and making it even better by making your map smarter than some drivers.
Google’s new map feature is going to tell you where you’re going automatically. It’s called Driving Mode, and it uses a combination of features to try and figure out where you’re going without you telling it. It takes into account time of day, traffic patterns, search history, set locations you have programmed into your phone, and other notable features pulled from both your personal history and Google Maps. Most importantly, you’ll no longer have to tell your phone where you want to go, which is always a pain in mid-drive.
The ETAs Google Maps promises to provide with Driving Mode only helps make things work a little better for those of us who like to wait until the last minute to try and get somewhere.