Google has announced plans to introduce a navigation with added reality Google MapsToday, these plans became reality, at least for a group of users of this app.
Google has begun implementing "Maps AR" (Greater Reality Cards) last Monday for a small group of Google Local Guides (people who willingly wanted to improve Google Maps).
This new feature is designed to help people navigate the city by showing them digital street signs and virtual arrows overlaid on public roads to show them the way forward.
Consumers keep their phone in front of them to see a Google Maps Expanded Reality version that should solve the problem many people are using online map: in what direction?
To avoid accidents, the message on the screen encourages users to download the phone after being shown the correct route to be able to address the surrounding environment.
Google calls this experience a "global location". The GPS on the phone points to the approximate location of the user and then uses the phone's camera to compare what he sees with Google Street View images for several milliseconds. The technology can quickly determine your exact location and give you more precise instructions.
"The blue point you see on a 2D map sometimes points to where you are, but sometimes you find yourself jumping and not sure where you are," he says. Rachel Inman, Leader in Google's UX design. "It's even more exaggerated when you're in an urban area, because around us there are tons of metal, other people's phones, all these magnets, and the problem gets worse, so using VPS and Street View gives us all this a new superpower.
To highlight the product's debut, Google took a group of reporters in San Francisco to try this feature, looking for coffee.
After a short walk in less than a mile, everything works well, but it is a function that is far from complete.
However, by testing the augmented reality maps, Google hopes to find even more ways to improve the product, so when it is distributed to all users, it will be something everyone will want to use,
"For some people, this will be their first experience with Enlarged Reality (AR), so we want it to be a good experience," said Rachel Inman.
As far as the date that all users can experience this new feature, it is not yet defined.