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Google Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Users

Google Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Users”

All in all, it doesn't look all that different to the demo Google had shown at last year's I/O (guides included). With AR Mode in Google Maps, you simply hold your phone up as the camera gets to work recognizing your surroundings.

Essentially one can point the camera in their real world surroundings and Google Maps will overlay navigation instructions on top of that.

Ms. Inman [Google's lead for user experience on the project] said Google is still tweaking even basic things like the look of the arrows.

At the tech giant's 2018 IO developer conference, Google announced a new feature it was working on for its navigation app that uses a combination of AI, AR and your phone's camera to help with the real-time wayfinding process.

No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users.

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

According to David Pierce of the WSJ who tried out the system, the app starts scanning what it sees when you turn on the AR option in the Google Maps app and point your phone at what you see. The first is that a big advantage of the feature is that it provides people with very specific location data, and that it's a feature that isn't likely to remain on phones, but on AR-capable glasses.

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. However, the commercial release will only happen when the company is "completely satisfied that it's ready".

From there, users can create a shortlist of their favorite destinations that they can share with their friends. At the bottom of your screen, you'll see a more traditional Maps UI so you can get really get a good understanding of where you're at and where you're going.

We're looking forward to seeing this roll out to the masses, and we'll let you know as soon as you can take it for a spin.



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