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Google Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Users

11 February, 2019, 18:27 | Author: Tara Roberts
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The app works quite simple - when you start it, Google wants you to look around to recognize the buildings around you and from then on you just follow the arrows.

There's no denying that Google Maps has made our lives easier, from tracing a route to exploring eateries and salons in a location, the navigation app does it all.

Google could is adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps that puts users in street view to navigate their surroundings in real-time through their smartphone.

The future version of the Maps application will let you access a special AR mode through a dedicated button or by lifting your phone.

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That said, it looks like it won't be taking over as the standard method of using Google Maps. 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. In the meantime, Maps users will have to make do with the traditional map view.

According to David Pierce of the WSJ who tried out the system, the app starts scanning what it sees when you turn on the AR option in the Google Maps app and point your phone at what you see. Although the version the WSJ tested isn't final, it helps us get a better idea of what's coming up. The first is that a big advantage of the feature is that it provides people with very specific location data, and that it's a feature that isn't likely to remain on phones, but on AR-capable glasses.

Every year Google hosts an event for developers called Google I/O. However, the commercial release will only happen when the company is "completely satisfied that it's ready".

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? It looks like the feature is almost ready to be rolled out to the masses, as reports indicate a handful of users already have access to it.

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