Augmented reality navigation mode for Google Maps seems to be close to global release. Google provided the Wall Street Journal journalists with the opportunity to personally evaluate the new feature in an early build, and the newspaper published its first impressions.
According to the WSJ material, Google will soon deploy a mode for testing by some Local experts – as the company calls people who regularly generate cartographic content for it. A wider release will depend on the testing process.
The company introduced augmented reality for navigation at the Google I/O 2018 event. This is a map mode that uses a combination of standard GPS location tracking with a visual positioning system that identifies landmarks for contextual orientation in the user’s environment. The case is facilitated by the fact that Google has a database of spherical images of streets in the Street View service.
The current early build as a hint shows the user the giant arrows in the picture from the camera. The red pin that you know from the Maps application label is assigned to your destination. The program also displays colored labels (red, blue, green and yellow) in the directions of useful places.
In the interest of user safety, while driving, software advises to keep the phone down and look around. According to the developers, if people are not distracted from the display, accidents can not be avoided. When walking, when the phone is down, the application will reduce the display brightness and data transfer activity to save time and money to the person.
The release dates of the function remain secret, but we are waiting for it with impatience, since long-term testing of such solutions allows us to conclude that they are absolutely useful for navigating through cities.
We remind you that augmented reality modes already exist in maps from Yahoo and Yandex.