Saturday, January 16, 2016

"Ok Google Just Relax ..." A public Google Maps Feature Request.

When you move to a new city. you will be using Google Maps a lot, and you end up having the google maps' navigation on most of the time; and you will be directed like a little kid.
... in 300 feets use the two left lanes, to turn left on Rose Street! 
Awesome thanks Google Mama! You prevented me from being the asshole driver who doesn't go to the correct lane to turn and saved other drivers a lot of curses....


However Google Mama (like any other Mama can be annoying sometimes), for example when you are at the places you already know where you are (and you have been there 10 times), ... it interrupts your beautiful music and tells you which lane to use ... Ok google mama trust me I know what I am doing, just relax, don't tell me what to do when I know where I am.

I think Google Maps could use AI to be little bit more, like recognize my home and work address or the routes that I have been more than 20 times and don't interrupt my music, to tell what to do...it is too much !

Currently I usually end up saying "Ok Google Shut up !" and it mutes the Google Mama but I didn't mean to be rude and mute it all the way....and I miss Google Mama when I drive 5 miles away from home where I have no idea where I am ...I end up saying "Ok Google I am sorry talk to me again" but unfortuantely that is not a recognizable command as the shut up command is.


This feature can be implemented in multiple ways:
  1. I can mark certain radius miles of my home/work not to be directed.
  2. If I been in a route more than X times (10 or 20 ...or whatever my learning curve is) like if I go from Home to "Target store" 15 times a month, I probably know very well all the turns.
  3. By Risk assessment. How much do I loose if I don't listen to Google Mama's direction?

    For example: if I am listening to my favorite music of all the time (which you can find out) and I am about to miss an exit, which is gonna make me arrive to my destination only 2 minutes late, I simply don't care! let me miss that exit and take the next one !

    But if I miss the exit and it is gonna make me arrive 15 minutes late. then I can understand if you interrupt my most favorite music of all the time for that! 
and finally I suggest, the google voice command to activate this feature be "Ok Google Just Relax !"

I had posted about how android should give you a better driving experience, this is a more like a public feature request from Google Maps :) +Android Developers  +Android  +Google+ Developers

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