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Google Maps harnessing AR coming to local guides, UI shared in first look

11 February 2019 3

Tech giant Google announced its plans to incorporate AR into Google Maps and it seems that the time is here for us to get a feel of it and how it would look. Google maps are now been tested with AR incorporated showing navigation in augmented reality which could be a new era to how we find routes around when traveling.


Leveraging phone’s camera, the app shows the environment around us and also showing where to navigate to depending upon our destination and the route it finds out for the user. Today is the first time we get to see a more finished UI in this regard which would be coming to beta testers. Google showcased this feature at the recently held Google I/O.


Just like the traditional ‘navigate’ button in Google Maps, it would now show (in beta versions for now) Start AR button which would initiate a UI similar to the pictures here, showing routes in AR mode (utilizing phone’s camera)

Much like other AR apps like Lens, this works pretty much the same where the user moves around their phones to see around them and recognize objects. A popular online tech journal shared how good it was in recognizing objects sharing, “the camera seemed to recognize some landmarks and realize where it was, with remarkable precision.”

Are you excited for such a feature to go live for the public version as well? Let us know in the comment section below.


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