AR feature for Google Maps introduced

Google helps with indoor navigation; including a new add-on and recommendations for eco-friendly driving routes; Announced a series of new features planned for Google Maps. The announced features are not available to everyone at the same time.

Google maps uses indoor AR technology

Google is bringing the Live View augmented reality (AR) feature to airports, public transport stations and shopping malls is seen as the biggest innovation. Live Orientation, which previously only worked outdoors, asks you to point your camera at the world around you by holding up your phone. You will then be guided to your destination by seeing arrows and symbols pointing to your destination.

Currently available in some shopping centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle; It is expected to be available at select public transport stations, airports and shopping centers in Tokyo and Zurich in the coming months. Google also says more cities are “on the way”.

Google maps is not satisfied with this feature alone; It plans to refresh the interface for instructions on Android and iOS. Currently you have to switch between the different tabs to get information about the different transport options. The company states that Maps may prioritize the modes you prefer and in certain cities; He says he could put popular areas (like the New York subway) at the top of the list. This new interface will be available around the world in the coming months.

In addition to the Google directions interface; adds a new driving route optimized for lower fuel consumption. If the eco-friendly route has approximately the same estimated destination as the fastest route to a location; Maps use the fuel-efficient route by default. If you want, you can change this in the settings. Google, these new fuel-efficient routes in the US in late 2021; It plans to make it available worldwide in the future.

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