Google Maps just introduced a slew of AI-powered upgrades. These enhancements include an improved Street View experience, an augmented reality (AR) Lens in Maps, comprehensive search functionality, and more. Here are the specifics on Google Maps’ latest features.
Immersive View for places
Google unveiled Immersive View for Routes at this year’s I/O event. Immersive View for routes is progressively becoming accessible on both Android and iOS platforms in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Venice beginning this week.
Users may preview restaurants or monuments before visiting thanks to Immersive View for Places, an AI-powered feature that combines hundreds of Street View and aerial photographs. Additionally, Google announced this week that Photorealistic 3D Tiles were just added to the Google Maps Platform, giving developers the chance to create their own unique immersive experiences.
Lens in Maps
Google claims that Lens in Maps (previously Search with Live View) uses artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality to help users adjust to their environment, whether they are traveling to a new city or familiar locales.
According to Google, all you have to do to utilize this function is raise your phone and hit the Lens icon in the search bar to get information about ATMs, restaurants, cafes, shops, and public transportation stations that are close by. This week has seen the biggest expansion of Lens in Maps, as the feature is now accessible in more than 50 new places, including Taipei, Austin, Las Vegas, Rome, São Paulo, and more.
In a blog post, Google said that the navigation map will soon offer a more accurate depiction of the real world. In addition to updated map colors, users will notice improved building representation.
Users can also notice enhanced lane features on highways to make sure they are ready for turns. In the upcoming months, these improvements will be progressively implemented in 12 nations, including the US, Canada, France, and Germany.
This week, the internet giant with headquarters in California is adding more capabilities to its lineup of cars that include Google connectivity. According to a Google blog post, owners of electric vehicles (EVs) running iOS and Android now have access to even more educational data on charging stations.
To help find the best charging station, this information will include information on charger compatibility with their particular EV model and the possibilities for charging speed, which can be classified as fast, medium, or slow. Additionally, users will be able to monitor a charger’s latest usage status, which will help them avoid making pointless journeys to inactive stations—roughly 25% of charging stations in the US may not be functioning at any given moment, as Google emphasized.
According to a Google blog post, “Now, you’ll get photo-first results of what you’re looking for when you search on Maps for specific topics like the greatest spot to discover “animal latte art” or “autumn patch with my dog.” Based on the examination of billions of images uploaded by the Google Maps community, these findings were produced using artificial intelligence and sophisticated image recognition algorithms.
According to the IT giant, consumers can uncover new destinations that perfectly match their preferences with ease thanks to this graphic compilation of locations. Just go through the search results, click on a photo to get more details, and launch navigation straight to the location of your choice.
This week, Maps’ search feature will be accessible in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Future country expansions will follow.