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Google is announcing a handful of updates to Google Maps, including one that shows toll prices before you start navigating to where you want to go.

“We look at factors such as the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, what day of the week it is, and how much the toll is expected to cost at the specific time you cross it,” Google said in a blog post. If a free route is available, it will also be shown as an option. The feature is rolling out this month on Android and iOS for “nearly 2,000” toll roads in the US, India, Indonesia and Japan. The feature will come to more countries “soon”.

Google is also adding more details to its navigation maps. “Soon you’ll see traffic lights and stop signs along your route, along with enhanced details like building contours and areas of interest,” the company says. In ‘selected cities’, additional details are added, such as ‘the shape and width of a road, including medians and islands’. These enhanced maps will roll out on Android, Android Auto, iOS and Apple’s CarPlay software in the coming weeks.

Soon you will be able to see traffic lights and stop signs while navigating.
Image: Google

Google Maps users on Apple devices are also getting some targeted updates. A new widget for the iOS app that will give you access to trips pinned to the Go tab is coming and will be available in the coming weeks. With the Google Maps Apple Watch app, you can also get directions to any of your Google Maps shortcuts — places like Home and Work — just by tapping the shortcut on your watch. (Previously, you had to launch those trips from the iOS app.) This feature will be rolling out in “a few weeks.”

Start a journey home from your watch.
Image: Google

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