Your iPhone's Google Maps app will select the shortest route for you by default, whether there are tolls, highways or ferries along the way or not. You can have it route you around these features though, if you want. To avoid tolls, highways or ferries, type in your destination and tap on the car symbol to get directions, then tap on the button to the right of your start point.
Hot on the heels of last month's Google Maps update, the company has brought several new features to iOS users. While the last update added spoken traffic alerts to navigation, the most significant new change isn't even listed in the official change notes. Looking at the Google Maps iTunes preview, it's clear the company has added popular business hours and real-time gas prices. But in addition to bug fixes, version 4.13.0 gets offline navigation capability.
Google continues to enhance the iOS version of its Google Maps app, which has recently been updated to 4.12. The free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users also includes Apple Watch support. The latest update adds a significant feature: real-time spoken traffic alerts in navigation mode. Ever since Google acquired the popular navigation service Waze over two years ago, real-time traffic alerts have been available in Google Maps. Now drivers will not have to take their eyes off the road to hear about upcoming congestion and incidents on the route ahead.
Google on Tuesday announced that its Maps app for iOS was updated with more accurate transit data for several cities in the United States (Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle), the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands. The app now delivers live arrival information for buses, metros and subway systems in these new cities, and it also notifies users about canceled routes and helps them select other options. The update will happen automatically for those who already have Google Maps installed on their device. New users can download the app for free on the App Store.
Google added Uber integration to its iOS Maps app with the release of version 3.0. Users with the Uber app installed on their device can access the app directly from Google Maps when comparing route options. Here's how:
1. Open the Google Maps app on your device
2. Type your desired location into the Search bar