Google Maps' AR navigation feature arriving soon for some users

Isaac Cain
February 11, 2019

It looks like the feature is almost ready to be rolled out to the masses, as reports indicate a handful of users already have access to it.

There's no denying that Google Maps has made our lives easier, from tracing a route to exploring eateries and salons in a location, the navigation app does it all. The company originally introduced the AR navigation feature at a developers conference past year.

While navigation by way of Google Maps is, for the most part, a smooth process for pedestrians, there's usually an awkward moment of failed orientation when you first start the feature and try and line yourself up with the little blue dot.

Essentially one can point the camera in their real world surroundings and Google Maps will overlay navigation instructions on top of that.

It looks like the Wall Street Journal was able to demo what it said is "an early version" of Maps with AR.

Google is letting select users test out the new Augmented Reality (AR) navigation feature on its Maps product.

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He described how the feature worked - the app picks up a person's location via Global Positioning System (GPS), and then uses Street View data to narrow it down to the exact location. After it has done this, it then creates directions for the user based on the location.

The WSJ's David Pierce notes that the feature will likely end up on the AR glasses that many companies are now either working on or selling.

Every year Google hosts an event for developers called Google I/O.

Google hasn't given any indication of a date as to when this feature will become widely available, and Pierce notes that it will arrive "only when Google is satisfied that it's ready".

From there, users can create a shortlist of their favorite destinations that they can share with their friends. On the bottom of the screen, you can find regular overhead maps.

And Google could soon roll out a new version of maps that addresses an age-old issue where you're unable to figure out which way is North or South.

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