Are We Finally Getting AR Navigation in Google Maps?

Are We Finally Getting AR Navigation in Google Maps?

Date: April 08, 2024

Initially introduced in 2018, Google’s ‘Live View feature’ was tested among local guides and Pixel community.

As the global AR market soars towards $70-$75 billion in revenue by 2023 and tech giants such as Apple, Adobe, Facebook invest heavily in augmented reality ideas.

How can we expect Google to sit back?

To get ahead in the race, Google announced today that Google Maps has a new ‘Live View’ feature that allows a user to get easy and simple navigations to their destinations.

Once on the app, all you need to do is follow the big blue arrow and perfectly readable street markers in real-time as seen in the image below.

How do I use ‘Live View’ feature on Google Maps?

To enable the ‘Live View’ feature-

  • Search any location nearby
  • Next, select the ‘Directions’ button
  • Tap on navigating to ‘Walking
  • Finally, tap on ‘Live View.’

However, Google Maps' latest feature needs Street View’ support in the user area.

In a blogpost, Google explains the ‘Live View’ feature testing process, stating,

“We’ve tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.

The latest feature is still in a beta mode while the stable version is expected to release later this year. But for a tech enthusiast, there are plenty of amazing AR Apps that users can try until Google Maps gets its final version.

Google Maps Previous Updates

Google Maps was started as a C++ desktop program by the Danish brothers, Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen, which was later acquired by Google in October 2004. Since then, Google maps have released new updates on a regular basis.

In the previous month, it added the speeding limit and speed camera alerts. Now, Google Maps has introduced a new feature that will improve SOS alerts by giving a better and more detailed visualizations warnings about earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.

Google Maps Updated Crisis Alert System

Google Maps most popular feature is Street View, but it also has more useful tools such as SOS alerts that are built to give warnings during a time of crisis.

The Google Maps app was used to inform users at the time of the natural disaster and share news stories related to the event. It also gives emergency phone numbers.

The company elaborated that with the help of a new update, people will see a "crisis notification card" if their area gets hit by a natural disaster. For example, if a hurricane is going to hit your area then a Google Maps warning will give you the storm's predicted trajectory with the what time it is expected to hit that will help you to react immediately.

Google Maps Updated Crisis Alert System 

In addition, Google Maps users will also be allowed to upload a graphic. Google maps new feature will be released later this summer. Elaborating more about the release date on different platforms, Google stated,

“Hurricane forecast cones and earthquake shakemaps will start rolling out in the coming weeks on Android, iOS, desktop, and mobile web. Flood forecasts visualizations will soon be rolled out starting in Patna, India, and then expanded to the Ganges and Brahmaputra regions on Android, desktop, and mobile web.”

In a country like India, where over 20 percent of global flood-related fatalities occur, Google Maps' new feature will display flood forecasts to indicate where flooding has taken place and in addition, it will show likely severity in different regions.

New Updates of Google Maps

Three ways in which Google Maps new updates can help you to get the information quickly:

  • Sharing the live location

With the help of crisis notification cards on Google Maps, users can share live locations with their family and friends for an unlimited time.

  • See and report road blockage

Users can also see road closures by turning on the traffic layer. Users can also share the road closure that they recently encountered with others nearby. You can also confirm whether the road is still blocked or not with just a tap on Android.

  • Share disaster information directly with your loved ones

Keep your family members and friends updated about the recent situation by tapping the share button on the crisis card. Then your loved ones will be redirected to Google Maps where they can see all the relevant crisis information including emergency contact information, summary, visualizations, emergency contact information and much more.

The Google Maps app has made its debut on Android and iOS in 2008 and 2012 respectively and boasts a load of functionality. Since its launch, it has become a must-to-have app for everyone who likes to commute on a daily basis. If these types of helpful updates continue to be released by Google, it will become more difficult for its competitors such as Apple Maps to move ahead with Google Maps.

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Arpit Dubey

By Arpit Dubey LinkedIn Icon

Arpit is a dreamer, wanderer, and a tech nerd who loves to jot down tech musings and updates. With a logician mind, he is always chasing sunrises and tech advancements while secretly preparing for the robot uprising.

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