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Google's amendment to our daily traveling routines may down in history as one of the most important novelties of all time. But, as with many technological advancements throughout time, there's still work to be done, and Google Maps is no exception.
Now that the company has come pretty close to perfecting the accuracy of its dedicated GPS system successor, Google is taking its world domination efforts a step further with a predictive navigation feature appropriately dubbed 'Driving Mode.' This comes in version 9.19 of the software, which also sees the return of a front-and-center audio toggle icon and a more thorough 'Timeline settings' to replace the 'Manage location settings' menu.
By tapping into your frequently accessed destinations and search history, as well as your home and work locations if you've taken it upon yourself to add them to your queue already, Driving Mode lets Google Maps predetermine where you're going to end up so that you can get information about traffic and road closures before experiencing them first-hand. That way, you see about avoiding any interruptions on your daily move to work, school, or wherever else the road takes you.
It's a nifty gesture and just the type of questionably invasive output we'd expect from Google post-2015. Of course, as we all know, this is yet another means of data collection from our corporate overlords, or if you're willing to set aside your tinfoil hats and have a little momentary fun, it's also a convenient way to get to work on time in the heap of a busy city.