Google Maps AR navigation has almost reached its final destination - your phone

Google Maps AR navigation has almost reached its final destination - your phone

The AR navigation mode uses the phone camera and Global Positioning System location to display arrows in the real world for navigation. It's like Street View for navigation.

While navigation by way of Google Maps is, for the most part, a smooth process for pedestrians, there's usually an awkward moment of failed orientation when you first start the feature and try and line yourself up with the little blue dot. Even so, the new interface won't allow you to continually use the camera for AR, and will insist that you lower the phone, where the more traditional map interface will then be displayed.

Ms. Inman [Google's lead for user experience on the project] said Google is still tweaking even basic things like the look of the arrows.

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. Go to 9:41 in the video below to see the feature in action.

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WSJ claims the feature will roll out "soon" to a few Local Guides, but it will only become widely available when Google is "satisfied that it's ready", which will probably take a while.

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. Combining the camera to Maps will make finding locations easier. After it has done this, it then creates directions for the user based on the location.

The company showed this upcoming AR feature at its annual developer conference Google I/O in 2018. 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. The idea is to help users with short-term directions. Later this year, his voice will come to the Google Assistant. On the bottom of the screen, you can find regular overhead maps.

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