Google Rolls Out AR Navigation In Maps App For Local Guides

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the feature is being tested by a small group of beta users before it'll get rolled out to global users of the application.

Google first showcased an AR navigation view for Maps at Google I/O 2018.

To recap, Google Lens works by having the company's machine learning algorithm see the world through a phone's camera in real time. This primarily means that Google Maps combines Street View and data from Maps using smartphone's camera for easier and better navigation.

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Tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google, North, Vuzix and others have all been working on, or are selling their own AR glasses, meaning that Google's new feature could eventually make its way into your line of sight, the report added.

If you are a Google Maps Local Guide in the United States, you should check out this feature today. The upper two-thirds of the display within the app shows you the live feed from your camera; then overlays for street names, business names, and directional areas are presented that point to your intended destination. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen, the report said on Saturday. To ensure it doesn't consume your battery and data allowance-and for safety reasons-users will be reminded to lower their phone if it's been held up too long. Once done, the Google Maps will guide you. The system first asks you to move your phone around so it can determine exactly where you are, and then provide directions based on that.

At last year's Google I/O conference, there was much talk about augmented reality (AR) enhancements that would be coming to the huge popular Google Maps navigation app. Google also cautions that the feature is to be used for directions while walking and not to be used while driving, due to obvious distractions.

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