Google Rolls Out AR Navigation In Maps App For Local Guides

Google Maps AR navigation feature is now being tested

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.

The new AR navigation will add real world imagery to your mapping view, so you can hold up your phone and you'll see the direction you need to walk and where you need to turn.

Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Google is making the feature available to a small subset of users.

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 past year. "It was as if Maps had drawn my directions onto the real world, though nobody else could see them".

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At the tech giant's 2018 IO developer conference, Google announced a new feature it was working on for its navigation app that uses a combination of AI, AR and your phone's camera to help with the real-time wayfinding process.

That said, it looks like it won't be taking over as the standard method of using Google Maps. The feature is claimed to offer better navigation and identification of nearby places. The upper two-thirds of the display within the app shows you the live feed from your camera; then overlays for street names, business names, and directional areas are presented that point to your intended destination. As to how to get started, just hit the Start AR button. The AR system asks the user to move his/her phone around to determine the exact location.

While the feature still relies on Global Positioning System to find out where you are, it uses Street View data to pinpoint your location. The system too reportedly warns users against this. Google also cautions that the feature is to be used for directions while walking and not to be used while driving, due to obvious distractions.

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