Google Maps Augmented Reality Feature Testing Commences For Selected Users

Joanna Estrada
February 11, 2019

Google has reportedly been experimenting with the user interface, finding that users will follow a line on the ground too closely, and that an animated guide will keep them glued to the screen.Google Maps to Show Auto-rickshaw Routes, Estimated Fares for Delhi Commuters. WSJ got to preview the new experience, and according to the publication, you can simply open up Maps, hit the Start AR button, and Google Maps will guide you using the new system.

More specifically, this new feature uses imagery from your camera along with location data to match your position via Google Street View, and with this information, is able to overlay visual cues such as arrows on your live camera feed.

The same technology will be able to point out landmarks, business and restaurants in the cities that it's active in. We haven't heard much else since the feature was first talked up, but Google is now letting a select few testers see how AR navigation works in the real world.

If you are a Google Maps Local Guide in the USA, you should check out this feature today.

Google hasn't given any indication of a date as to when this feature will become widely available, and Pierce notes that it will arrive "only when Google is satisfied that it's ready". 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. This could be for safety reasons: If your smartphone is in AR mode for a long time, it will make your screen darker and you won't focus on obstacles ahead.

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