Google is working to make Maps a useful tool for navigating the world and continues to introduce new features such as augmented reality.
AndRevealed The company is announcing a batch of updates that will make the app more useful in more scenarios.
The app brings the Live View augmented reality navigation tool to some indoor locations, such as: shopping malls, airports, and designated public transport stations.
It also prioritizes more environmentally friendly trends when recommending routes, adding weather and air quality data to destinations, and integrating pick-up and delivery options with grocery retailers.
Live View is an augmented reality feature that allows you to see where your destination is by pointing the camera at your surroundings and overlapping directions across the scene.
And to get this work done at home, Google had to develop an entirely new technology it calls global localization, which it uses Artificial intelligence to scan tens of billions of Street View photos and map them with photos on your phone to determine your location.
With adjustments made in the past few years, Google has adapted this to understand the exact height or position of an object in a building.
You can use this feature to search for your flight portal or find a new restaurant in a mall, and it also helps you find elevators, escalators, ATMs, toilets, check-in counters, ticket offices and more.
And Live View is now displayed indoors in some malls in US cities, and it will be applied in the next few months via Android and iOS systems in transit stations, malls and selected airports in Tokyo and Zurich, and Google said: Support for more places and cities is coming as well. .
Environmentally friendly guidelines:
As part of its commitment to helping its users reduce their environmental footprint, Google continues to introduce greener ways to get around.
Later this year, when you use the Maps version for iOS or Android to find directions, it defaults to the route with the lowest carbon footprint if it takes about the same time as the fastest route.
And if the green option takes much longer, Maps displays a comparison of the impacts of carbon dioxide so you can determine whether speed or the environment is more important.
This feature is heading to the United States first, and Google says: Global expansion is on the way.
And in June of this year, maps begin to alert users if they are navigating through a low-emission area and provide alternate directions when necessary.
This option will be available in the application in Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the company says: More countries will appear soon.
Google is also working on revamping its directions interface, which puts routes for all transport modes on one page, instead of having separate tabs for things like: car, walking, and public transport.
This makes it easier to compare time spent across different routes, and maps also use machine learning to understand your preferred means of getting around to prioritize them, as well as reinforce common situations in your city.
The maps also add new weather and air quality layers to help users better anticipate the environment at their destination.
These layers display the current temperature and forecast weather conditions every hour, along with details about the site’s air quality so people with allergies can adjust plans accordingly.