Google Maps Starts Testing AR-Powered Navigation

Google Maps- Augmented Reality

The Wall Street Journal

When the tech giant teased the feature during I/O, Google's Aparna Chennapragada noted that the project's team was "playing with the idea" of adding digital guides.

The feature is mindful of your battery drain; the screen darkens when you hold the phone in front of your face too long, and reverts to traditional map view when you put it down.

The new navigation system uses your camera to provide directions using augmented reality.

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 a year ago. WSJ got to preview the new experience, and according to the publication, you can simply open up Maps, hit the Start AR button, and Google Maps will guide you using the new system.

He described how the feature worked - the app picks up a person's location via Global Positioning System (GPS), and then uses Street View data to narrow it down to the exact location.

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He added: "Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to". "Pakistan favours inter-Afghan dialogue including between the Taliban and the government".

No date had been set for the testing phase or wider launch.

The announcement for the AR navigation system was made at the annual Google conference Google I/O 2019 last May.

If you move the camera, information about new landmarks such as cafes and supermarkets can pop up, with the ratings that Map users are familiar with. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen, the report said on Saturday. "For You" tab helps users access new places, popular locations, personal recommendations, and trending now places in and around your neighbourhood. Later this year, his voice will come to the Google Assistant.

From there, users can create a shortlist of their favorite destinations that they can share with their friends.

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. Even though Google Maps and other navigation apps make it incredibly easy to get somewhere, it's still incredibly hard to find out exactly where you are going, especially in new cities.

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