1. Scott337's Avatar
    Does anyone with a Pixel 4, 4XL or even an older Pixel have the new Assistant Driving Mode option in their Assistant Settings yet?

    Google app > Settings > Assistant Settings > Getting Around

    Google announced this in early 2019, and according to their blog it has started to finally rollout. My wife's Pixel 5 has the new option, and we have the same Google app version and Maps version. Which leads me to believe it's s server side rollout, but not sure.

    Just curious if anyone using a Pixel 4 (or older) has seen it.

    Google Blog: https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/10217503
    kmf1 likes this.
    12-22-2020 09:48 AM
  2. kmf1's Avatar
    It's on mine Pixel 4 XL Verizon. Haven't tried it yet.
    Scott337 likes this.
    12-22-2020 10:15 AM
  3. Scott337's Avatar
    It's on mine Pixel 4 XL Verizon. Haven't tried it yet.
    Thanks for confirming.
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    12-22-2020 10:21 AM
  4. almath's Avatar
    Mine is already checked ..Sprint/TMobile
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    12-22-2020 06:28 PM
  5. Scott337's Avatar
    Thanks for confirming
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    12-22-2020 06:46 PM
  6. kmf1's Avatar
    Settings/Apps & notifications/Assistant/See all Assistant Settings/(scroll down to) Getting around/Driving mode. This is how I got to Driving mode.
    12-22-2020 10:07 PM
  7. Scott337's Avatar
    Well I still don't have the new Driving Mode option on my 4XL. Bummer. I have been waiting for this since they announced it in early 2019 (and Moto removed their awesome Talk To Me mode because of Google's announcement). I even spent an hour setting up Maps and Assistant again after clearing all data for both apps & rebooting my phone. I was prompted with all the usual "Maps can do this, can do that, turn this on, allow this or that" options in Maps and Assistant. Still no Driving Mode. Either Google just doesn't want me to have it (some server side switch) or an issue with my phone. Oh well.
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    12-23-2020 09:42 AM
  8. kmf1's Avatar
    I'm going to try it this morning. I'll let you know how it goes.
    12-23-2020 09:50 AM
  9. kmf1's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that Google Maps needs to be active and on a specific route or trip, for Driving mode to work. After opening Maps, tap Go, pick a destination, tap Start. Now Driving mode is active and a menu appears on the lower right corner of the screen. See enclosed screen shots. I couldn't figure out how to get it to work with Waze. At this point, an incoming call or text would be announced, and you'd be given the option to answer. You didn't need to have another app to be open for Moto's Driving mode. Maybe google will eventually get there. I'll have time to see how it works tomorrow.
    12-23-2020 10:54 PM
  10. kmf1's Avatar
    And, how this will all work will depend on your vehicle's blue tooth capabilities.
    12-23-2020 10:57 PM
  11. Scott337's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that Google Maps needs to be active and on a specific route or trip, for Driving mode to work. After opening Maps, tap Go, pick a destination, tap Start. Now Driving mode is active and a menu appears on the lower right corner of the screen. See enclosed screen shots. I couldn't figure out how to get it to work with Waze. At this point, an incoming call or text would be announced, and you'd be given the option to answer. You didn't need to have another app to be open for Moto's Driving mode. Maybe google will eventually get there. I'll have time to see how it works tomorrow. [IMG=180x380]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201224/3f8be7c33bd0385dce4db989ba59483a.jpg[/url][IMG=180x380]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201224/059465c223ab736516e09c72c930e6d7.jpg[/url]
    Thanks for the feedback. And yes, I believe it does need Maps open and navigating to work fully. Which might not always be ideal.
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    12-23-2020 10:58 PM
  12. kmf1's Avatar
    Be best if we had Moto's version. Right, Scott? Oh for the good old days.
    12-23-2020 10:59 PM
  13. Scott337's Avatar
    I agree, I miss Talk To Me.
    12-23-2020 11:18 PM
  14. kmf1's Avatar
    I tried Driving mode this morning. There was no announcement for either text or phone call. Also, no voice prompts during navigation in Maps. I tried with both bluetooth on and off in my 2013 Ford F150. So, not sure what to say. I turned it off.
    12-24-2020 02:32 PM
  15. Scott337's Avatar
    Thanks for the feedback kmf1. Sounds like it's not quite ready for every day use. Makes me wonder if Google halted the rollout?
    12-24-2020 02:58 PM
  16. kmf1's Avatar
    That could be.
    12-24-2020 03:00 PM
  17. Scott337's Avatar
    For those that do have Driving Mode on their Pixel 4, do you have your phone paired with a vehicle Bluetooth system? I opened a Google support ticket asking if this was supposed to be available on my phone and if there is a server side update that we just need to wait for. The first 3 or 4 responses were just support agents sending me the instructions on how to enable it. I finally got them to escalate my ticket and explained that I really do know how. The last response was that Driving Mode is probably not compatible with my vehicle Bluetooth. I don't think that's correct, but curious.
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    12-27-2020 12:28 PM
  18. kmf1's Avatar
    I tried with and without in my 2014 Chevy Suburban. Neither worked. Haven't tried my 2013 Ford F150 yet, but I expect the same results.
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    12-27-2020 01:36 PM
  19. Scott337's Avatar
    I tried with and without in my 2014 Chevy Suburban. Neither worked. Haven't tried my 2013 Ford F150 yet, but I expect the same results.
    Thanks. The Google support people don't really seem to understand what this new functionality is.
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    12-27-2020 01:39 PM
  20. J Dubbs's Avatar
    I agree, I miss Talk To Me.
    It's hard to believe my 2015 Moto X Pure Edition was doing all these things but better over 5 years ago and Google is just now starting to catch up lol. Actually it's still doing them better, it's charged, updated, going strong and ready for a sim swap to be back in action
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    12-28-2020 05:22 AM
  21. kmf1's Avatar
    It's hard to believe my 2015 Moto X Pure Edition was doing all these things but better over 5 years ago and Google is just now starting to catch up lol. Actually it's still doing them better, it's charged, updated, going strong and ready for a sim swap to be back in action
    I agree. Moto had this figured out, and extremely well by the way, so long ago. It was so automatic, didn't require anything special, and it worked.
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    12-28-2020 07:24 AM
  22. Trees's Avatar
    Adding on to what everyone has shared above, I can confirm that Assistant "Driving mode" is available on my Pixel 3 with the December 2020 update. I am able to set "Driving Mode" to On in "Assistant Settings\Getting Around\Driving Mode". My 2005 Tundra does not have Bluetooth, so not able to test there.

    "Android Auto\Settings\Car settings\Driving mode\Turn on automatically" has three sections. One for "When connected to Bluetooth", "When driving is detected" and "Advanced". I have "When driving is detected" toggled to On. In the past when I was driving to work regularly, Android Auto Driving Mode started consistently after a minute or so once the drive started.

    So, in the off chance, is there perhaps something going on with a setting in Android Auto?
    12-28-2020 09:26 AM
  23. Scott337's Avatar
    ...

    So, in the off chance, is there perhaps something going on with a setting in Android Auto?
    Good question. I have Android Auto disabled, since the day I first setup my phone. I will enable it and see what happens.

    Google tech support is useless with this new functionality, very frustrating.
    12-28-2020 09:43 AM
  24. kmf1's Avatar
    I activated Driving Mode and tried it with Google Maps. Didn't get any notifications and no calls came through. So, I turned off the Driving Mode feature. Now, when I'm Driving the Do Not Disturb feature is activated. Not sure what to do about that. I don't want It activated. Maybe I have to go into bluetooth settings and delete my vehicle?
    01-01-2021 09:57 AM
  25. Scott337's Avatar
    I activated Driving Mode and tried it with Google Maps. Didn't get any notifications and no calls came through. So, I turned off the Driving Mode feature. Now, when I'm Driving the Do Not Disturb feature is activated. Not sure what to do about that. I don't want It activated. Maybe I have to go into bluetooth settings and delete my vehicle?
    In Settings there is a default Driving Mode option, long before this new Assistant functionality. Open Settings and search for Driving and then set it to Behavior = None, instead of Turn On DND.

    That Turn On DND is the default "Driving Mode" that comes with Pixel phones. And that's all it does, turns on Do Not Disturb.

    This new Assistant Driving Mode is supposed to do way more, but it sounds like it isn't quite working correctly.
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    01-01-2021 10:11 AM
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