Google Maps Upgrades Travel With Immersive Routes and AI Upgrades

Google Maps Upgrades Travel With Immersive Routes and AI Upgrades

Published: October 27, 2023

Google Maps has introduced a range of cutting-edge enhancements driven by AI that promise to revolutionize the user experience.

Here's a breakdown of the top five new features:

  • Immersive View of Places

Google's latest feature, "Immersive View for routes," is now gradually rolling out in cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tokyo, and Venice on both Android and iOS platforms.

This immersive experience is powered by AI, blending thousands of Street View and aerial images to give users a sneak peek of restaurants and landmarks before they visit.

Moreover, developers can create immersive experiences by introducing Photorealistic 3D Tiles on the Google Maps Platform. 

  • Lens in Maps

"Lens in Maps," previously known as "Search with Live View," combines AI and augmented reality to provide real-time assistance to users exploring new cities or local areas.

By tapping the Lens icon in the search bar and raising their phones, users can access information about nearby ATMs, public transit stations, restaurants, cafes, and stores.

This feature has expanded to over 50 additional cities worldwide, including Austin, Las Vegas, Rome, São Paulo, and Taipei.

  • Detailed Map 

Google Maps is set to provide a more accurate representation of the real world, complete with refreshed map colors and enhanced depictions of buildings.

On highways, users will notice improved lane details for better turn preparation.

These updates will gradually roll out across 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, and Germany. 

  • More Information on EVs

The platform is expanding its features for users of electric vehicles integrated with Google.

Android and iOS users will now access more informative charging station data, including charger compatibility and charging speed options (fast, medium, or slow).

Additionally, users can check the last usage status of a charger to avoid trips to inactive stations, addressing the issue of non-operational charging stations in the United States. 

  • Maps for Specific Things 

Google Maps is evolving its search function to deliver photo-first results based on billions of community-shared photos, all analyzed with AI and advanced image recognition models.

This feature allows users to discover new places that match their preferences quickly.

Users can explore search results, select a photo to gather more information, and initiate navigation directly to the chosen spot.

Initially available in France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S., this feature will expand to more countries. 

These five AI-driven enhancements are poised to transform how users interact with Google Maps, providing a more immersive, informative, and personalized travel experience.

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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