Google Rolls Out AR Navigation In Maps App For Local Guides

Ruben Fields
February 11, 2019

Google introduced a new augmented reality (AR) mode for Maps at I/O 2018 and it was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers at the keynote past year.

According to a report by The Verge, David Pierce from The Wall Street Journal got hands-on experience of the AR navigation feature.

That said, it looks like it won't be taking over as the standard method of using Google Maps.

The option to use AR is via a "Start AR" button in the Map app main screen.

In this way, the app creates a real-time and immersive navigation for the user based on what he sees around him. The AI will convert JPEG to PDF.

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Are you looking forward to using AR with Google Maps? Until then it would be a neat feature to get you through a city you dont know that well. If your screen time before going to bed takes up more than an hour of your sleep time, this is boon in disguise. The upper two-thirds of the display within the app shows you the live feed from your camera; then overlays for street names, business names, and directional areas are presented that point to your intended destination.

Google Maps has introduced new tabs for getting your directions right. The idea is to help users with short-term directions.

No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users. Open the camera, see nearby places and let the screen direct you. There was even a bouncy fox guide.

Google is rolling out a tool called "Your Match", which uses machine learning to determine your location and interests, serving up targeted suggestions for new businesses opening up in your area and more. Also, six new voices (men and women) to follow soon. The company has not officially announced when the AR feature will out to all Google Maps users, with WSJ saying this will only happen when the company is sure that the feature is "ready". It looks like the feature is almost ready to be rolled out to the masses, as reports indicate a handful of users already have access to it.

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