Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Google Maps AR-powered navigation testing starts

Google Maps AR-powered navigation testing starts

More precisely, the new feature will access images from your phone's camera and location data to match your position through Google Street View.

Although the Google Maps AR feature was announced halfway through 2018, it has not yet arrived on any consumer devices, but The Wall Street Journal has been able to test out an early version of it. You can simply hold your phone up and Google Maps will give you actual directions in the real world, and the idea is pretty cool for sure. The system first asks you to move your phone around so it can determine exactly where you are, and then provide directions based on that. In an article, "It's the Real World-With Google Maps Layered on Top", he has described how the feature works.

In May 2018, during its annual I/O developer conference, Google announced a new feature for its Maps mobile app, called the AR Visual Positioning System. It's like Street View for navigation. However, the commercial release will only happen when the company is "completely satisfied that it's ready".

Engadget reports that Google Maps AR navigation is going to be rolling out to Local Guides first - i.e., those people who like to write reviews and submit them to Google Maps - and that the system still needs some testing before it will hit universal availability. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen, the report said on Saturday.

According to the report, the app does not allow the user to rely on the camera for too long.

Something to look forward to: Have you ever found yourself frustrated with Google Maps, walking the wrong way when the blue dot thinks you're somewhere else? This feature is also claimed to help users save the battery.

During last year's Google I/O, the company showed off the integration between Google Lens and Google Maps.

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