Google Maps is getting an update that will add toll road prices and more map details such as traffic lights and stop signs, Google announced on Tuesday. The company is also adding improvements to iOS, including a new pinned travel widget and the ability to get directions to Google Maps right from your Apple Watch.
The company says it’s adding toll road prices to Google Maps for the first time to make it easier for users to choose between toll roads and regular roads. Users see the estimated fare for their destination before navigating. The cost of tolls is set by local authorities. To calculate the approximate cost of a trip, Google takes into account factors such as the cost of using a transit ticket or other payment methods, what day of the week it is, and how much toll you expect to spend at a certain time. There will be an intersection
Google notes that users will still have the option to opt out of toll routes in the app’s settings. This month, users will see toll roads on Android and iOS for about 2,000 toll roads in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia. Google plans to add more countries to this list soon.
Google is also adding new details to the app’s navigation to make driving on unfamiliar roads less stressful by adding traffic lights and stop signs. Users will also see detailed descriptions such as building outlines and areas of interest. In some cities, users see even more details such as the shape and width of the road, including central reservations and islands. The new navigation map will be released on Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay in select countries in the coming weeks.
The company is also adding new iOS updates designed to make it easier to use Google Maps on the go. Google is releasing a new Pinned Trips widget that lets you access pinned trips in the Go tab right from your iOS home screen. If you’re driving, you can see your arrival time, the next departure for your transit trip, and a suggested route. Google is also minifying the existing Google Maps search widget.
Google also announced that users will soon be able to get directions on Google Maps directly from their Apple Watch. Soon you won’t have to start navigation from your iPhone. You can tap the Google Maps shortcut in the Apple Watch app to automatically start navigating on your watch. The new functionality will be implemented in a few weeks. You can also add a Take Me Home shortcut to your watch and touch it to start navigating your home.
Finally, Google Maps integrates directly into the iOS Spotlight, Siri, and Shortcuts apps. You can say “Hey Siri, get directions on Google Maps” or “Hey Siri, find Google Maps” to access Google Maps. Users will start seeing this feature in the coming months. Google plans to add an improved Siri search feature this summer.