With Google Maps recent upgrade, which can scan the environment around you to locate places, directions, and more, the future is already here.
Simply use your phone’s camera to scan your immediate environment, and the app will use augmented reality (AR) to mark nearby roads and locations for you.
This function, known as AR-based Live View search, was first introduced to Maps in September of this year.
Google is officially releasing the anticipated update, although for the time being it will only be accessible in a few select places worldwide.
These cities include Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
As previously mentioned, the Live View feature will apply overlays over your surroundings, designate landmarks with points, or name other locations you’re looking for. This is how it seems.
The functionality is supported by AI, AR, and the billions of street-view photos that have been used to map the planet over the years.
It seeks to improve your sense of where you are, which should be especially helpful if you are new to the area.
Even if the place is not yet visible or is just around the corner, it can nevertheless display banks, eateries, ATMs, shops, and more.
These locations’ labels will include helpful details like the busiest times, the price range of the products, reviews, and if they are open or closed.
It will display compatible and quick charging stations above 50kW, for example, if you are looking for EV charging stations.
With this upgrade, wheelchair-accessible search is expanding to more areas of the world.
At first, it was only offered in the US, Australia, Japan, the UK, and the UK.
The latest Google Maps update will start to appear on iOS and Android smartphones the following week.
To read our blog on “Google Maps makes it simple to locate a charging station for your EV,” click here.