Google Maps just got a neat upgrade to help you save money

Last year we got word that Google Maps was copying an important feature from Waze — calculating how much tolls along a particular route would cost. Now, nearly 12 months on, the feature is finally rolling out.

Google officially announced the news in April, promising it would start rolling out that month. Now, a little behind schedule, it actually seems to be happening, as revealed by Google in a blog post (opens in new tab).

It looks to be a useful feature. Rather than simply warning you that a route has tolls, and giving you the option to avoid them all, it will use information provided by toll providers to give you a rough idea of ​​how much you’ll pay. It’ll take into account the day and time you’ll be traveling, and whether or not you have a toll pass, then display that on the route preview screen.

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Though Google Maps specifically uses the phrase “estimated toll prices” in the blog post, the fact that the costs are provided by the toll providers indicates they should be pretty accurate.

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