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Google Maps to add toll road prices, more map details, Apple Watch improvements and more – TechCrunch

Google Maps is getting an update that will add toll road prices and more map details like stop lights and stop signs, Google announced Tuesday. The company is also adding iOS enhancements, including a new pinned travel widget and the ability to get directions on Google Maps right from your Apple Watch.

The company says it is adding toll prices to Google Maps for the first time to make it easier for users to choose between taking toll roads or regular roads. Users will see the estimated toll price to their destination before they start navigating. Toll prices will be provided by local toll authorities. To calculate the estimated toll price for a trip, Google will look at things like the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, the day of the week, and the expected cost of the toll at the time. precise time at which you I will cross it.

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Google notes that users will still have the option to opt out of seeing routes with toll roads altogether through app settings. Users will start seeing toll road prices on Android and iOS this month for nearly 2,000 toll roads in the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia. Google plans to add other countries to this list soon.

Google is also adding new details to the app’s navigation experience to make driving less stressful on unfamiliar roads by adding traffic lights and stop signs. Users will also see enhanced details such as building outlines and areas of interest. In some cities, users will see even more detail, such as the shape and width of a road, including medians and islands. The new navigation map will start rolling out in select countries in the coming weeks on Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay.

The company is also adding new iOS updates designed to make it easier to use Google Maps on the go. Google is rolling out a new pinned travel widget that lets you access trips you’ve pinned to your Go tab right from your iOS home screen. You can see your arrival time, the next departure of your transit trip, and a suggested route if you’re driving. Google is also making the existing Google Maps search widget smaller.

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Google also announced that users will soon be able to get directions on Google Maps directly from their Apple Watch. Soon, you will no longer need to launch navigation from your iPhone. You’ll be able to tap the Google Maps shortcut in your Apple Watch app to automatically start navigation on your watch. The new feature will start rolling out in a few weeks. You can also add the “Take Me Home” shortcut to your watch and tap it to start navigating to your home.

Finally, Google Maps integrates directly into iOS Spotlight, Siri, and the Shortcuts app. You can say “Hey Siri, get directions in Google Maps” or “Hey Siri, search in Google Maps” to access Google Maps. Users will start seeing this feature in the coming months. Google plans to add an improved Siri search feature later this summer.