The Google Assistant uses user-defined voice prompts to carry out basic tasks; it replaces the regular voice prompts. Using the integration of Google Maps, users are able to locate landmarks and directions to their various directions with options of all transportation routes.

The Google voice assistant gains full control of the Google Map app by saying “Okay Google” that should be followed with a simple expression of words often known as commands. The Google assistant can also function with other Google Apps without letting leaving the Google Map application.
Using Google Voice Assistant For Finding Locations
Using Google Assistant to Locate a Landmark

The following steps are used to use a Google Map Application.

1.      Navigate to the Google Maps app
2.      Press down the audio recording icon
3.      At the sound of a chime, say “Okay Google”.
4.      Utter a prompt asking Google to perform a task.
5.      Release audio recording icon.

Note: You will see three dots (…) which normally mean that Google is listening.

Examples of allowed prompts in finding directions could be;

·       Okay Google, find the route to New York.
        Okay Google, what is my current location?
        Okay Google,  directions to the home

The idea of using Google Assistant imbibed with Google Maps is to provide a wider range of better user experience.  This connection helps the user to give directional prompts without keeping their eyes on the road or needing to touch the screen.

Applications of the Google Assistant

Locating commercial landmarks, hotels, churches, banks and other lines of interest.

Getting weather reporting in real time.

Playing music and movies.

Integrating with the Google Calendar to provide data about user schedules.

Using Google Assistant with Google Maps

Conventionally the Google Assistant uses voice commands from the user to identify a route to the desired destination; this simplifies the process of getting to search for directions on any search engine query.

A few other navigational commands that are used in Google Maps are as follows:

·Traffic Knowledge: Is the use of Google Map to identify the best alternative routes on getting to a destination thereby allowing the user to have knowledge of network of traffic situations

· Satellite view:  display as it can replace a basic view to a satellite view.

· Navigational: this helps the Google Assistant to create a route from a start point to a destination.

· Overview: The Google maps help to Zoom in and Zoom out routes overview.

· Travel Time: It calculates the estimated travel time to complete a one way trip to a destination.

The Google assistant relating to Google Maps is capable of performing tasks related to Navigational tasks.

The following are some of the commands that can be used by Google Assistant Voice prompts:

Call - places a call to someone in your contacts list.

Send a text to someone - sends a generic text message to someone in your contacts list.

How the weather in a location is - provides a brief summary of the weather in another location.

What's the weather like? - provides a brief summary of the local weather at your location of interest.

What's the closest route to your point of interest - provides the closest location that fits your search query, for example, "Where is the closest mall in New York" will provide you with the information on the closest Shopping mall there is in New York.

Plays music or movies - play any genre, artist, album, song or movie of user interest.

When's my next appointment? - accesses your Google calendar and provides the user with their set time of their next scheduled meeting.

The Importance of Google Voice Command Prompt in Our Society

A significant amount of all car crashes in the world today was caused by people using their cell phones when driving. Many will be of the assumption to think that texting is the problem in this case here, but many fail to realize that even the smallest Human-Machine Interaction could lead to a fatal accident. Thankfully, Google Maps has released into the market space a safe feature that'll help ensure safer roadways.

The advert of the driving app made readily available to the rest of the world has finally added Google Voice Assistant integration. This is a major improvement to Google Maps, as it will enable the user to use simple voice commands to get tasks done with the help of the Google voice assistant. With location permissions enabled, you'll now want to enable Google Assistant for hands-free commands within Google Maps. Thanks to the tech giant's highly advanced Artificial Intelligence assistant, users can now navigate hands-free.

Google Voice Assistant can be used to add a rest stop to your current route, but keep in mind that this method isn't completely hands-free and should be done when running low on acceleration or better in a static position for safety reasons.

Limitations to Use of Google Assistant

Sadly, the introduction of the Google Voice Assistant's hands-free voice integration within Google Maps is not without its limitations. In recent times, the Artificial Intelligence is unable to process commands with regards to removing routine stops you've added to your route. With this been said, a user will still need to interact with your device directly by clicking on the location(s) you wish to remove, and selecting "Remove" to completely erase stop points from your route towards your destination.

You'll also, need to be more specific with your voice prompts if you wish to add a rest stop apart from refuel stations stops, as Google Assistant will sometimes fail to produce relevant results from generalized queries if you command it to search for "Hospitals" "Commercial Landmarks" and "Gas stations”.

We do hope that these glaring shortcomings resulting from testing running this service will be treated by the tech giants (Google) and continues to provide smarter and user-friendly improvements to improve the navigation app.