Monday, June 12, 2017

Google Maps - Always Avoid Tolls - New Feature Rolled Out

Project Status: Dream Came True
Original Post: Google Maps - Always Avoid Tolls

Now it works, it just works!

Thanks to the many up votes to the feature request and comments by viewers on the Google product forums the ability to automatically avoid tolls in the Google Maps app is now a built-in feature. You don't even have to do anything to set it up really, it just works. Once you select the route option to avoid tolls once, then the option will stay selected until you choice to undo it at any point in the future.

Added by popular demand

As of the time of this posting, on the main thread for this topic on the Google Product forums, there have been:
  • over 630 comments
  • more than 10,000 views
  • 5 expert replies
  • 350 individual votes cast
...all for this feature to be added in the Google Maps app.

That's not even counting all the spin-off topics, some of which are listed on the original feature request posted on this blog way back in 2014.

The announcement from Google Maps

Here's what a Google Maps Community Manager had to say about this new feature

Grace- Google Maps Community Manager said:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/?nomobile=true#!topic/maps/hZOHMzSgFyo
Hi everyone,

Google Maps users wanted the ability to save their preferences when looking up directions (avoiding tolls, ferries, highways, etc.) in Google Maps. Now you can! On your Android phone or tablet, your settings are now saved automatically. They will be remembered the next time you use Maps.

Cheers,
Grace
Google Maps Community Manager

Doesn't work for you?

If this isn't working for you then be sure to update your Google Maps app to the latest release. I am not sure exactly which version number this feature was rolled out with (it's actually been out for a few months now), but I am running version 9.54.1 and this works for me. Still having problems after that? Then comment below or catch me on Google Plus and we can try to figure out what is going on.

Thanks!

A big shout-out of thanks to the Google Maps development team for including this feature and to all the many people over the years that have jumped onto the product forums to help gain interest in the idea and help it become a reality.