A more immersive and intuitive map
At the Google I / O conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced new features of Google Maps, such as the arrival of a submerged view of our environment, or a thematic question on how to find the most fuel-efficient route. And to use the “Live View” feature in our favorite app.
Keep in mind that Google Maps is designed to help people get to their destination It has evolved into much more since then: it’s an easy companion when you need to find the perfect restaurant or get information about the local business. Today, thanks to the advancement of computer vision and artificial intelligence, which allows Google to combine billions of street scenes and aerial images and create a rich digital model that seeks to represent the planet. Google Teams wants to offer a new way to explore the world with Google Maps With this new “Immersive View” feature, you can feel a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular spot and even feel it before you set foot there. Whether you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place or wanting to discover points of interest that aren’t easily found, immersive views will help you choose your sights before you go. Suppose you are planning a trip to London and want to know what are the best places to see and the best places to eat. With a quick search, you can literally fly over Westminster to get a closer look at the surrounding area and the stunning architecture of places like Big Ben. With useful information from overlaid Google Maps, you can use the time slider to see what neighbors look like at different times of the day and in different weather, and see where the busiest places are. Looking for a place to have lunch? Take the road to discover nearby restaurants and get useful information about live crowds and nearby traffic. You can take a look inside the restaurants to get an idea of the environment before you book. The achievement of this project is that the submerged view will work on virtually all phones and devices. It will roll out later this year in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo, with more cities coming soon.
An update to the low-fuel-intensive route
In addition to making places easier to explore, Google, in the face of rising fuel prices, displays help us get there in a more sustainable way. Google has recently launched energy saving routes in the United States and Canada. This option lets you see and choose the most fuel-efficient route when you search for a route, which helps you save on gas costs. This feature has already been used to drive 86 billion miles, saving more than half a million tons of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to removing 100,000 cars off the road. Google is in the process of doubling this number because it has introduced this feature in other parts of the world, such as Europe
Live View: Now available on your favorite app
Live View helps you find your way as you walk, using auxiliary arrows and augmented reality to show directions that digitally overlay your real environment. This feature is especially useful for navigating complex indoor areas such as airports, shopping malls and train stations. Thanks to this technology based on artificial intelligence, called “global location”, Google Maps can show you where to go in seconds. Google Maps is now offering this technology for free to developers with the new ARCore Geospatial API. Electric-sharing company Lime is piloting APIs in London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Madrid, San Diego and Bordeaux to help users park their e-bikes and scooters responsibly and for pedestrians on the right side of the road. Telstra and Accenture use it to help sports and concert attendees find their seats, food stalls and toilets at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium. DOCOMO and Curiosity are developing a new game that lets you battle virtual dragons with robot companions in front of iconic Tokyo landmarks like the Tokyo Tower. The new Geospatial API is now available to ARCore developers where Street View is available.
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