Google is shutting down Android’s assistant driving mode
Google shuts down its Driving Mode Assistant dashboard just 13 months after its release.
The system was first unveiled at I/O 2019 before being introduced in September 2021 and was designed as an experience optimized for Android Auto. The dashboard offers quick access to audio controls, call and text shortcuts, media suggestions, and Google Maps navigation.
Google was originally thought to have introduced assisted driving mode as a successor to the standalone Android Auto app.
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However, the tech giant has revealed that the majority of Android users are using the driving mode already built into Google Maps, rather than the assisted driving mode dashboard. Assisted driving mode is accessed through the assistant by saying “Hey Google, start driving mode”. The app can also be pinned to users’ home screens.
The assisted driving mode will be deactivated on November 21.
Engadget rightly notes that many Android users might not even know the assisted driving mode existed. Heck, I’m a Google Pixel user and didn’t even know that, despite using the driving mode available through the Google Maps app itself. Clearly, Google didn’t promote the feature as well as it could have.