Google introduces live AR walking directions on Google Maps


Live View allows users to use Google Maps and their smartphone's camera to see real-time augmented reality overlays showing how far to walk and where to turn next to get from one place to another.

"There's nothing like exploring a city on foot - it's a great way to take in the sights and sounds of a new place", the technology giant said in a blog post.

To use Live View, you'll need to tap the "Start AR" button and hold up your phone like a viewfinder.

Google says that Live View (which will only be launching in countries where Street View is available) and reservations are coming to Android and iOS, while the new timeline will be heading to Android.

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Google has a number of ways to organize travel reservation data that has been sent to your email address.

"We've tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week".

In any case, today Google detailed a handful of new features that are on the way for Google Maps.

If you have an upcoming trip in your calendar or details in your Gmail inbox those details will be automatically logged in the new Reservations tab in the Your Places menu in Google Maps for Android. It was previously demoed last year, and has been available to Google Local Guides level 5 and up, as well as Pixel phone owners, but it's about te see a broader release later this month. Once the new list of locations has been created, you're then able to share them with people across the web privately, to a select group, or to the public.