Not content to simply dispatch new equipment this week, Google today uncovered a couple of updates to Maps that should make the stage a bit more useful for getting around — and somewhat more cutting edge, as well.
In particular, Google is growing the augmented reality (AR) capacities inside Maps. A year ago, Google presented Live View, a component used AR to guide you around a city. Before long, the organization will reveal another element that will assist you with having the option to visualize the location of specific businesses and landmarks — how far they are, and the direction you have to travel to reach them. For instance, in case you’re attempting to get to the Eifel Tower in Paris, you’ll see a little blue dot disclosing to you what direction to go within a live feed from your phone’s camera.
Google additionally said it’s extended Live View with the goal that it works while utilizing multi-modal navigation. Let’s assume you’re following subway directions in Google Maps; when you leave the station, you’ll have the option to utilize Live View to orient yourself and begin strolling the correct way. You’ll additionally have the option to get to Live View when sending and receiving locations on your phone.
Ultimately, Google says it’s making location pins more exact by considering elevation as it shows up on your screen. This ought to ideally dodge some disarray when the spot you’re gone to is at a different elevation from your present location, causing awkward pin locations in Maps.
In the picture beneath, you can see a before and after how Maps would show a close-by road set at the top of a hill.
Live View will begin turning out to transit directions and location sharing “in the coming weeks,” while the new landmarks highlight will support 25 cities “soon.”