Google is adding a new feature to Maps for Android that could make its navigation software even smarter. Called ‘Driving Mode’, the new Maps mode will take into account your history and current location to try and determine your destination and then suggest info about your route such as travel times and traffic conditions. It appears to be similar to the algorithmic suggestions offered up in Google Now cards, yet tailored for getting around by car and even when you already know how to get there.
You will be able to launch Driving Mode with an app icon shortcut or through Maps' in-app sidebar. Google Maps version 9.19, the one with Driving Mode, is in the process of being pushed to the Play Store and may not be widely available for some time.