What to look forward to: Google Maps may have been the default navigation tool ever since people started using smartphones in cars, but there’s always room for improvement. The app will soon display more detailed information and be more accessible on mobile devices.
First of several additions coming on Google Maps, this is information about tolls so that drivers can better plan how much a trip will cost. Android and iOS users in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia can see estimated toll rates at their destinations before turning on navigation starting later this month. Google will add more countries later.
Google Maps will use information from local toll collection agencies to estimate toll rates when crossing 2,000 roads in the previously mentioned territories. It will take into account the selected payment method and the day of the week. Users can also tell Google Maps to select fare-free routes and hide tolls from navigation.
Another enhancement coming to Google Maps in the coming weeks is that traffic lights and stop signs will be made available to Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay users to better inform them about how long a journey might take.
The addition of building outlines should also make places more recognizable, and in some cities, Google Maps will show the shape of the road more accurately. However, the company did not specify which cities or countries would see these improved details.
Car navigation isn’t the only thing Google plans to improve. In a few weeks, navigation will work on the Apple Watch regardless of the iPhone. Later this summer, providing navigation information via voice commands on iOS should become easier as developers better integrate Google Maps with Spotlight, Siri, and shortcuts. At some point, improved widgets will be another way to access Google Maps on iOS faster.