Something to look forward to: Google Maps has arguably been the default navigation tool ever since people started using smartphones in cars, but there’s always room for improvement. The app will soon display more detailed information and become easier to reach on mobile devices.
The first of several additions to Google Maps is toll information so drivers can better plan the cost of a trip. Android and iOS users in the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia can see estimated toll prices for their destinations before activating navigation starting this month. Google will add more countries later.
Google Maps will use information from local toll authorities to estimate toll prices when traversing 2,000 roads through the previously mentioned territories. It will take into account the payment method chosen and the day of the week. Users can also tell Google Maps to choose toll-free routes and hide tolls from navigation.
In the coming weeks, another enhancement to Google Maps will bring traffic lights and stop signs to Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay users, to better inform them of journey times.
Adding building outlines should also make locations more recognizable, and in some cities, Google Maps will more accurately describe the shape of the road. However, the company did not specify which cities or countries would see these details improved.
The in-car browsing experience isn’t the only thing Google plans to improve. In a few weeks, navigation will work on the Apple Watch, independent of an iPhone. Later this summer, displaying navigation information with voice commands on iOS should become easier as developers better integrate Google Maps with Spotlight, Siri and Shortcuts. At some point, improved widgets will become another way to access Google Maps on iOS faster.