How to Use the Google Glass Built-In App

You don’t necessarily have to drive to use Google Glass for navigation. The device can give you directions no matter how you’re traveling, be it on foot, via bicycle, on public transportation, or by car.

Google built the Google Maps Transit system into Glass so that users in select cities can get information on local bus and train travel. You can view train and bus timetables, find out whether (and when) to switch trains or buses, find the distance to the nearest terminal, and see how long it will take you to reach your destination based on your method of travel.

You can see which cities are served by Google Maps Transit online.

Change your travel mode

If you want to change your method of travel, you can do so from within the Google Maps screen or the route information screen. Just tap the touchpad and then choose Transit (for bus or train), Drive (for car), Walk, or Bike. The information onscreen changes to reflect the new mode of travel.

The next time you view directions in the Google Maps or route information screen, the mode of travel defaults to your last selected mode.

View your entire route

If you want to see the route for your entire trip, here’s what to do:

  1. Tap the touchpad.

  2. Select the Show Route option by tapping the touchpad.

    The Show Route screen displays a map that shows your starting point (a blue arrow), the path to your destination (a blue line), and the destination (a red pin). Below the map, you also see the following information, from left to right:

    • An icon representing the selected mode of transportation

    • The destination city

    • The miles from your current location to your destination

    • The travel time from your current location to your destination

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Review transit directions

If you’re traveling to your destination via one or more transit modes, you can get step-by-step directions to your destination. You see details about your trip on a screen that’s similar to the one shown.

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Here’s what these symbols represent:

  • Travel methods: The white icons above the colored line show the methods of transportation you’ll need to take. You may see icons that denote walking (a stick figure), taking a bus (a bus icon), taking a train (a train icon), biking (a bike icon), and/or driving (a car icon) during different phases of the trip.

    The trip depicted, for example, has seven phases. You’d walk to the bus station, take several bus routes, and then take the city light-rail system to your destination.

  • Trip phases: The line denotes what you’ll be doing at any phase of the trip and is color-coded to correspond with the icons above the line. Here’s what the various segments of the line shown mean:

    • Cyan dotted line: This line represents a walking route.

    • Blue solid line: This line shows a bus or light-rail route.

      You may see different colors for different types of routes. The light blue line signifies the bus route in your current city, and the dark blue line signifies the bus and light-rail routes to and within your destination city.

    • Green solid line: This line depicts a train route (not shown).

    • Circles: A circle marks the beginning or end of a phase. The colors of the circles denote what you’re going to do next. A blue circle, for example, means that the next step in your trip is boarding a light-rail train.

    • Lines connecting circles: These symbols represent the length of each phase of the trip relative to the overall length of the trip.