Android Auto has received many design improvements over the years, but they have been minor. Updates that bring significant improvements to the car app are few and far between. Now, Google is rolling out a new lighting design for Google Maps to try to fix its impact on the system.
The Google Maps navigation screen, as reported by the 9to5Google portal, has been redesigned to make the information less crowded. The estimated travel time is now bolder and appears at the top, while the remaining distance and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) information is shown below.
Buttons to stop navigation, alternative routes, search for more places, stop on the way and three-dot menu to show additional options are placed below without a separate line that the past is now.
Today, only a few users can enjoy the new model as it appears to be a server-side update. So even if you have the latest beta version of Android Auto (v10.8) and Google Maps (v11.104.0100) installed on your phone, you won’t see the new Google Maps build. This small change makes Google Maps a little more modern.
In recent months, Google introduced a translucent sidebar that shows important buttons such as Settings, Mute Sounds, Orientation, Zoom In, and Zoom Out. This makes the design less crowded compared to previous designs.