Google has lifted the veil on a series of Google Maps updates for Android and iOS devices in the coming months.
Most incoming changes, revealed as part of the latest Search in the showcase (opens in new tab)will improve the way Google Maps presents 2D geographic data.
“By exploiting the latest advances in computer vision and predictive models, we are innovating beyond our 2D map to make it more visual and immersive,” Google announced at the event, “enabling you to experience a place in a multidimensional way – so that you can feel that you are right there, even when you are not.”
So what exactly are these Google Maps updates? The first is Neighborhood Vibe, a new feature that lets you see the most popular spots in any neighborhood by simply clicking on the area you’re interested in.
By leveraging AI with the local knowledge of Google Maps users who, according to Google, add over 20 million contributions – think reviews, photos and videos – to Google Maps every day, the app will soon show you photos. and useful information when you need it. the majority. Neighborhood vibe is scheduled to launch globally on Android and iOS in the coming months.
take to the skies
Another novelty is the aerial reference views. Launching globally on September 28, this stylish addition will present 250 photorealistic aerial views of top global landmarks – such as Tokyo Tower and the Acropolis – to Google Maps. Basically, you’ll soon be able to take a nice tour of the Empire State Building if you want to.
The Immersive View is the comprehensive visual upgrade that will encompass these new landmark aerial views. Launching in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo in the coming months, this collection of assets will combine aerial views with dynamic visuals related to any weather, traffic and crowds in those cities at any given day and time. Sure, you could just look out the window, but where’s the fun in that?
Then there’s Search with Live View, another new feature that will highlight essential places like stores, ATMs and restaurants in your area using your phone’s camera. Again, this will roll out in London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo in the coming months – but we expect Live View Search to be enabled in more major cities in the future.
Turning green (er)
Finally, Google is expanding its eco-friendly routing function in Maps for enterprise developers of all sizes. In other words, companies like Uber and Lyft will soon have the option to enable green routes to save fuel. This feature will also give you the option to select your engine type, ensuring that Google Maps provides the best route information and the most accurate estimates of fuel or energy efficiency.
Google says this eco-friendly routing expansion will be available in preview later this year in regions where the basic feature is already available in Maps.
Frustratingly, none of the aforementioned updates seem to solve any of the four biggest problems we have with Google Maps as it exists now. Still, in the ongoing dispute between Apple and Google for navigation supremacy (see our Apple Maps vs. Google Maps review for the latest verdict), the option to fly around a virtual St. other new tricks – it’s nothing short of Welcome.
For more Google Maps related content, check out our roundup of five things you didn’t know Google Maps could do (and when you’re done, here are five more things you didn’t know Google Maps could do).