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Google Maps AR Navigation Testing Begins, Coming to Select Users Soon

Google Maps AR Navigation Testing Begins, Coming to Select Users Soon

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.

As neat as all of this is, WSJ notes that Google doesn't want this AR navigation to be people's primary way of getting around. The company originally introduced the AR navigation feature at a developers conference a year ago.

The new navigation system uses your camera to provide directions using augmented reality.

When Google had shown the AR feature, the idea was that AR will help place the user more accurately on the Maps.

Google first announced AR navigation for Maps back at its 2018 I/O conference but is only now preparing to push it out to select users. The Maps app has a dedicated button that switches on the AR mode that opens up the camera, and starts analysing your surroundings using Street View data.




The new AR Street map feature was shown in a demo video made by the Wall Street Journal yesterday, which seemed to have exclusive access to the update. The real-time feature is however not meant to be on at all times, as it drains battery and the app even reminds the user to turn the feature off once it knows where to go.

On Sunday, Google told The Wall Street Journal that the AR navigation feature, which gives real-time views for directions, will be rolled out soon.

No date had been set for the testing phase or wider launch.

If the user has asked for directions, big arrows showing the user the direction to walk in is overlaid on the buildings on screen. Later this year, his voice will come to the Google Assistant. Even though Google Maps and other navigation apps make it incredibly easy to get somewhere, it's still incredibly hard to find out exactly where you are going, especially in new cities.

We're looking forward to seeing this roll out to the masses, and we'll let you know as soon as you can take it for a spin.


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