Help with Google Nav 7.0.2!! PLEASE

I consider myself a power user and for the life of me, I cannot figure out the new Navigation feature on Google Maps.

I understand that if I want to drive somewhere, I can input the address and get there just fine. HOWEVER, the majority of the time, I know where I'm going so I don't need turn by turn directions. Before the 7.0 update, I would turn on the navigation (not input any address) and leave on the "traffic" feature so that I can see what's coming ahead of me. THIS NO LONGER WORKS with the new update.

Here are the problems I encounter:

1. When I turn on Maps and click the icon in the lower right twice, the app responds and goes into "fly behind" mode. BUT the screen dims and turns off after a minute!! It won't stay on!
2. Also, When in "fly behind mode" my point of view doesn't stay behind the blue icon. MY Point of view is most often from in front of the icon or even beside it. Thereby eliminating any way to see traffic IN FRONT OF ME.

I'm about ready to give up here and use WAZE or reinstall the 6.X apk.

Anybody else notice this? thanks for the help!!!

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