Google Rolls Out AR Navigation In Maps App For Local Guides

Google Maps- Augmented Reality

The Wall Street Journal

The AR navigation mode uses the phone camera and Global Positioning System location to display arrows in the real world for navigation.

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

As neat as all of this is, WSJ notes that Google doesn't want this AR navigation to be people's primary way of getting around.

As pointed out this feature was first shown at Google's I/O developer conference last year in May 2018, but has not officially rolled out, and it has been close to a year since it was announced.

Previous year at Google I/O, Google previewed a new navigation system within Google Maps that uses AR to guide you to places.

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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. Google says the feature needs “more testing” before launching it to more users. The real-time feature is however not meant to be on at all times, as it drains battery and the app even reminds the user to turn the feature off once it knows where to go. Google has now started the roll-out of AR features to select users in the US. After it has done this, it then creates directions for the user based on the location. In the meantime, Maps users will have to make do with the traditional map view. Although the version the WSJ tested isn't final, it helps us get a better idea of what's coming up.

Author David Pierce states that Google has only made the feature available to some users for testing at the moment and expects a wider release "later", as some aspects of the user interface still need refinement.

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. The lower third of the screen is dedicated to the standard overhead view of the map and your given route.

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