Google announced Google assistant will be in Google maps soon. The Assistant can already help with navigation in Google Maps, so it’s easier to search for places along your route or add a new stop while you’re on the go. The company is also rolling ways you get get help from the Assistant in Waze on Android phones in English.
Thanks to its community of millions of drivers contributing real-time data every second, Waze has crowd-sourced traffic information, while the Assistant lets you to play music and podcasts, message your friends and call your family hands-free—without ever leaving the navigation screen.
Many Waze features, like reporting traffic, pinpointing a pothole or checking for alternate routes, can also be accessed simply by using your voice. Just say “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls” when navigating with Waze and your Google Assistant will help keep you connected, informed and minimize distractions while you’re on the go, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Google contends that voice commands in the car help minimize distractions so that drivers can focus the road. Their blog post ends by saying “We look forward to continue making your driving experience even better with help from the Google Assistant.”