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Wed, 6 Mar, 2019Courtney Allan

Never get lost again thanks to Google Maps’ new feature

Never get lost again thanks to Google Maps’ new feature

Google Maps has heard your complaints and listened with an open ear. They’re ensuring that you never walk the wrong way again whilst following their directions.

How?

This is done via Augmented Reality (AR) to overlay your exact directions onto the world around you.

Google made this announcement last year at their Google I/O technology conference, but a select group of users are able to test out the new technology.

It was first noticed by a writer at the Wall Street Journal, who is a part of the trial.

The instructions seem simple enough.

  • Press “Start AR”, which will launch the camera on your phone. This will show the view in front of you, with a small map section at the bottom of the screen.
  • You’ll then be instructed to wave your camera around so that Google’s artificial intelligence systems can get an idea of where you are. This is done via roads and buildings.

Wall Street Journal have posted a video showing what the technology will be like.

Google are also looking at launching a “For You” tab within Google Maps that offers personalised recommendations that are tailored specifically to you. The system goes off your past likes and reviews, as well as your saved food preferences.

Will you use this technology? Let us know in the comments.