Android Auto Gets a New Design for Google Maps

Google Maps on Android Auto gets a design tweak that will help drivers on the road

Android Auto, the in-car infotainment system from Google, is rolling out another new design for Google Maps. This update, which is being released via a server-side update, brings a number of changes to the Maps interface, including a new sidebar, a more streamlined layout, and bolder travel time information.

Key Highlights:

  • New sidebar on the left side of the screen houses all of the Maps controls.
  • Streamlined layout makes it easier to see the map and directions.
  • Bolder travel time information is easier to read at a glance.

Google Maps on Android Auto gets a design tweak that will help drivers on the road

Google Maps Redesign: A Sleeker and More Functional User Interface:

The new sidebar is perhaps the most significant change to the Maps interface. It houses all of the Maps controls, including zoom controls, the ability to change the map’s orientation, and access to settings. This makes it much easier to access these controls while driving, as they are no longer hidden behind a menu.

The streamlined layout is another welcome change. The divider line that once separated the map from the directions has been removed, making the interface feel more open and airy. The estimated travel time is now bolded and displayed at the top of the app, making it easier to see at a glance.

These design enhancements demonstrate Google’s dedication to improving Android Auto and its user experience. The refined Google Maps interface prioritizes ease of use and accessibility, making it an invaluable companion for drivers seeking a seamless and informed navigation experience.

A More User-Friendly Experience:

Overall, the new design for Maps on Android Auto is a welcome change. It makes the app more user-friendly and easier to use while driving. The new sidebar is a particularly nice touch, as it makes it much easier to access the controls you need.


The new design is rolling out now via a server-side update. It is not yet available to all users, but it should be available to everyone soon. To check if you have the update, open the Google Maps app on your phone and tap on the menu icon. Then, tap on “Settings” and then on “About Google Maps”. If the version number is 11.104.0100 or higher, you have the update.

Google is constantly working to improve Android Auto, and the new design for Maps is a testament to that commitment. The new design makes the app more user-friendly and easier to use while driving, and it is sure to be appreciated by Android Auto users everywhere.

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