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Google Maps is rolling out a new feature for select countries, including India that will tell navigators estimated toll price before starting the trip and can even identify the toll-free routes. There will be a pinned widget on the home screen as well as direct navigation from an apple watch. Moreover, an upcoming update will bring Siri and shortcuts integration with Google Maps on iOS, arriving later this year.

To toll or not to toll? Pick the best route with new toll prices

Google Maps will estimate the total toll price to your destination based on factors like the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, and how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time the user will be crossing it. For those looking to explore alternative routes, Google Maps will continue to provide the option of a toll-free route, where available, alongside options with tolls.

Apart from that, Google has also introduced a pinned trip widget for iOS users, direct navigation from the Apple Watch, and Google Maps integration into Siri and the shortcuts app. With the help of the new pinned trip widget, users will be able to access trips they have pinned on their Go Tab right from the iOS home screen — this would make it even simpler for them to get directions.

A tap on the three dots at the top right corner of the directions in Google Maps will let users select the route options and ‘avoid tolls’ if they wish to avoid toll routes completely. Google has said that it would roll out Toll prices that will be rolled out on Android and iOS this month for nearly 2,000 toll roads in countries including India, US, Japan, and Indonesia.

A more detailed map so you can navigate new roads with ease

Driving on unfamiliar roads can be stressful — especially when you’re driving at night or with a car full of people. They are adding rich new details to the Google Maps navigation experience so you can explore with confidence. You’ll soon see traffic lights and stop signs along your route, along with enhanced details like building outlines and areas of interest. And, in select cities, you’ll see even more detailed information, like the shape and width of a road, including medians and islands–you can better understand where you are, and help decrease the odds of making last-minute lane changes or missing a turn.

The new navigation map starts rolling out to select countries in the coming weeks on Android, iOS, Android Auto, and CarPlay.

Navigate from your Apple Watch:

If you have an Apple Watch and constantly find yourself away from home — and away from your phone — you’ll soon be able to get directions on Google Maps directly from your Watch. Starting in a few weeks, you’ll no longer need to begin navigation from your iPhone. Simply tap on the Google Maps shortcut in your Apple Watch app, and the navigation will start automatically on your Apple Watch. You can also add the “Take me home” complication to your watch and tap it to start the navigation home on Google Maps.

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