Google Maps getting new feature

Isaac Cain
May 10, 2018

The map service will receive augmented reality support, which is a clever combination between the traditional Street View and live images transmitted by a camera.

There has been a lot of cool technology shown off at Google I/O, including Google Duplex and the Google Assistant having the ability to book appointments for us. An animated fox acts as your guide, running in front of you towards the direction you need to take.

Matches will evolve with you, so your changing tastes will be up-to-date on Google Maps.

Google Lens was unveiled a year ago and lets you run searches over your smartphone's camera. Simply point your camera down a street, and the app can identify restaurants and display their user ratings. Down below navigation on Maps will also be visible. It instead uses the "Visual Positioning System' that can estimate the correct position and orientation".

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Better yet, while in VPS mode, you'll get additional information on the buildings and landmarks around you. In addition, The Foodie list and other top trending lists will show where the tastemakers are going and help you find new restaurants based on expert recommendations.

A redesigned Explore tab will be your hub for new and interesting places to explore. Users could select areas or dining spots to follow, from which updates like matching, trending, newly opened, and popular places will be shown in the "for you" tab. This section will also have recommendations based on previous likes.

"We use machine learning to generate this number, based on a few factors: What we know about a business, the food and drink preferences you've selected in Google Maps, places you've been to, and whether you've rated a restaurant or added it to a list", Google explains in a blog post.

Google is also embedding the Maps with a new "Group Planning" feature that will allow a user to create short links that can be shared which will make it easier to coordinate plans with friends. Then, it will offer you information on new places that might suit your interests.

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