Google Maps AR-powered navigation testing starts

In Google I / O 2018, the search giant showed an Augmented Reality (AR) navigation system for Google Maps. Reports now suggest that the company is testing the function with a small group of local guides. The Wall Street Journal has gained practical experience of the following function. In an article entitled "This is the real world: with Google Maps superimposed", it describes how this function works. Describing his experience, he wrote: "It was as if Maps had brought my instructions to the real world, although no one could see them."

The AR-based navigation system uses the smartphone camera associated with the Google lens to give instructions. This mainly means that Google Maps combines Street View and Maps data with the smartphone camera for easier and more efficient navigation. It is claimed that this feature provides better navigation and identification of nearby places. Users simply point their camera in one direction. Google will then combine the AI with Street View data to provide an interactive, step-by-step, on-the-go navigation experience.

To get started, simply press the Start AR button. It's done, Google Maps will guide you. The AR system asks the user to move their phone to determine the exact location. You can also hold the phone and Google Maps provides real instructions.

However, users do not need to watch their smartphones constantly. As this is not just a good idea, it can also be dangerous. The system also warns users against this. This means that users can use the AR mode to check turns, and then lower the phone to the next one. This feature is also indicated to help users save the battery. Google also warns that the function should be used for directions when walking and not for driving, due to obvious distractions.

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