Nothing is ever final at Google Maps, and no matter how many new features or improvements are added to the app, there are always more around the corner. A few more improvements are in the works (opens in a new tab)including a new mobile design and iOS-exclusive features for those of you using an Apple phone.
The first feature to note is the one that was actually revealed last year, and adds yet another Waze feature to the Google Maps lineup. Now, rather than just telling you that a particular route has tolls, Google Maps is able to tell you how much those tolls will cost.
Using information from toll operators, and taking into account the day and time you will get there, Google can tell you all of this before you start browsing. As always, Google will always offer a no-cost alternative when available, and you can tell the app to avoid tolls by tapping the three-dot menu in the top right and toggling Avoid tolls.
Toll pricing will roll out to Android and iOS this month, starting in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia.
The design of Google Maps will also change over the coming week, in “select countries”. Simply put, Google is going to add an assortment of extra detail to maps across all platforms to try and make driving in unfamiliar places less stressful. And by all platforms, Google means Android, iOS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
These details include things as simple as traffic lights and stop signs, as well as the outlines of buildings and other areas of interest. Key towns will also get more than that, with maps showing you the shape and width of the road, medians or islands in the way, and other details to help you understand what’s coming and where. your car should be.
Finally, iOS users will be able to take advantage of a lot of additional things. This includes the ability to navigate from an Apple Watch, as well as direct integration with Siri, Spotlight and the Shortcuts app.
Siri already works with Google Maps, provided you specify that you want to use Google Maps rather than Apple Maps. The details of the improvement have not been fully detailed. But by integrating shortcuts into the mix, it should make it a bit easier to use Siri and Google Maps together.
A few widget changes are also coming, including a new “Pinned Travel” widget. This name is pretty self-explanatory, letting you see important details about any rides you’ve previously pinned to the “Go” tab on your home screen. The Google Maps search widget also shrinks, giving you more space to have other things.
All of these iOS updates are rolling out, so be sure to keep your Google Maps app up to date.