Google announced several new features for Google Maps, including estimated toll prices on selected routes. Now Google Map users can see the estimated toll price on road trips for the route they are taking. Google Map will also get iOS improvements, including a new pinned travel widget and the ability to get directions to Google Maps directly from the Apple Watch.
Google Maps will add toll road prices for the first time to make it easier for users to choose between toll roads or regular roads. Users will be able to see the estimated toll price of the journey to their destination before they start navigating. Toll prices will be provided by local authorities to Google.
Maps will calculate the estimated toll price by looking at things like the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, the day of the week, and how much the toll will cost per hour precise crossing of a gate toll.
For users who want to explore alternate routes at no cost, Google Maps will continue to offer these options as well. A single click on the three dots in the upper right corner of Google Maps will allow users to select the route and avoid toll options as needed.
The feature will be available on iOS and Android devices for users this month for nearly 2,000 toll roads in the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia.
Google has also released new updates for iOS users to make it easier to use Google Maps on an Apple Watch or iPhone. Users can now access pinned rides in their Go tab directly from the iOS screen using the new pinned widget. Also, they can see the arrival and next departure time of their public transport trip and a suggested route if they are driving.
Apple Watch users will soon be able to get directions on Google Maps directly from their Apple Watch without launching navigation on their iPhone. By simply pressing the Google Maps shortcut on their Apple Watch, navigation will start automatically. Users can also add the “Take Me Home” feature to their Apple Watch. This along with the other feature will launch in a few weeks.
iOS Spotlight, Siri and the Shortcuts app will also be integrated with Google Maps. After setting up the shortcuts app, commands such as “Hey Siri, get directions” or “Hey Siri, search Google Maps” can be used to instantly access Google Maps. The feature will be available in the coming months, and improved Siri search functionality will arrive later this summer.
The latest version of the Google Maps app will provide access to new widgets and other updated experiences.