How to display toll prices on Google Maps
Google Maps has rolled out a new feature that shows the cost of toll roads along any route. Here’s how to use the feature on Android and iOS.
In June 2022, Google Maps has rolled out a new feature that displays the cost of toll roads along any route. The feature, originally announced in April, has been in the works at least since late 2021, when members of the Google Maps preview program began reporting that they had been asked to complete a survey to help developers to understand how to best implement the feature. . It has since rolled out to Android and iOS, and is available in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia. It displays toll prices for roads and bridges along any route, helping users better plan their trip.
Ahead of rolling out the new toll fare information, Google Maps introduced a new Air Quality Index (AQI) feature that allows users to check air pollution levels in their area. The feature also allows users to check the level of allergens like pollen, which is very useful for those who are allergic or sensitive to the presence of these particles in the air. A few months before introducing the AQI feature, Google Maps also rolled out a wildfire layer to help people living in wildfire-prone regions. The feature allows users to see how wildfires have affected the air quality in their area so they can avoid going outside unless necessary.
In a community post announcing the new feature, Google said it was easy to see toll prices along any route on Maps. To do this, simply draw any route as usual by clicking on the blue button (with a turn indicator) on the right, then entering the starting point and the destination. Once both are entered, Google Maps will show the quickest route with any toll charges along the way. The feature is enabled by default, meaning users won’t have to manually enable settings to see toll pricing information. Users, however, can change the settings to avoid all toll crossings, although this often adds travel time.
Toll pricing is enabled by default
The feature is enabled by default, but users can change it from the Settings menu. To do this, tap the profile picture in the upper right corner of Google Maps, then select ‘Settings’ in the context menu. On the next page, select “Browsing Settings” then finally turn off the toggle next to ‘See toll prices.’ While the toggle is disabled, users will not see toll prices on the selected route. To change the setting, simply go back through the steps and turn the rocker back on.
Google says it has collected toll price information from local authorities for nearly 2,000 roads in supported countries. While this might not be a large number given the vast network of roads in these areas, it should still cover most major toll booths and offer a decent idea of how much drivers will have to pay on their itinerary. It is not immediately clear when Google Maps will be rolling out the feature to other regions, but it’s expected to be done in stages.
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