In a major update, Google Maps has been granted the ability to show estimated toll prices on the route you choose. In addition, the navigation feature will now alert you about upcoming traffic lights, while a number of new features are also making their way specifically into the iOS version of the service, including support for the Apple Watch.
The feature showing toll prices is applicable for both the Android and iOS versions but is limited to 2000 toll roads in the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia for now. More countries will get the feature soon, says Google.
As for how it works, when you punch in a destination, you will get to see the estimated toll price on that route before you start navigating. Google Maps will source this information from local tolling authorities and also look at factors like the cost of using a toll pass, what day of the week it is, and how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time you’ll be crossing it.
Google has said that if a toll-free route is available, Maps will show that route as an option. And if you wish to avoid seeing routes with toll roads completely, all you need to do is tap on the three dots at the top right corner of your directions screen to see your route options and select ‘Avoid tolls.’
The ability of Google Maps to show traffic lights will be applicable to its Android, iOS, Android Auto, and CarPlay versions. Along with them, you will also see enhanced details like better building outlines and areas of interest. Moreover, in select cities, more detailed information like the shape and width of a road will be available.
Lastly, the iOS version of Google Maps will soon get its own special widget, while the Apple Watch version will start showing navigation directions on the tiny screen. Furthermore, the service will soon begin integrating directly into Spotlight, Siri, and the Shortcuts app on iOS.