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New Google Maps is scary-smart, can guess your destination

by Todd Haselton | January 13, 2016January 13, 2016 1:00 pm PST

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Artificial intelligence is officially taking over planet earth. Google released its latest Google Maps for Android software on Monday and it has one of the coolest and perhaps scariest features we’ve seen in a long time. The application can now guess your destination based on where you’re driving.

“With a simple shortcut on your home screen, you’ll head straight into the new driving mode so you’re sure to get where you’re going on the quickest route possible — without entering a destination,” Google told Venture Beat of the update. “Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices, and quickest routes to familiar places — like home, work, and recently searched destinations — all from your home screen.”

Google culls the data from your previous history and the time of day and location that you typically drive to and from specific places. Maybe you take the same route every day to work, so it will automatically guess you’re going to work and will begin to tell you the quickest way there, particularly if there’s traffic.

That feature is part of a new Driving Mode update inside of Google Maps which, according to Venture Beat, will hit users in the U.S., UAE, Great Britain, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore by the end of the week. English is the only language supported right now.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...