Google is announcing many new software treats at Google I/O today. Aparna Chennapragada introduced one of the best new features, visual guidance and Visual Positioning System in Google Maps Navigation.
In short, we’ve all had a delay trying to figure out Google Maps Navigation, “am I going the right direction?” Google Maps can now use your camera to identify your surroundings, visually identifying your route right in front of your eyes!
Google Maps new Visual Positioning System fixes navigation
In short, we’ve all had a …
With the tap of a button, the visual view pops up, then point your camera where you need to go to see relevant info. You see your surroundings with an overlay of Maps information for nearby business, arrows pointing you in the direction you need to go and a small map at the bottom to remind you where you are headed. This is a powerful addition to Street View.
They’re even playing with the idea of putting a character on the screen, an augmented reality tour guide. In the demo, it was a little fox.
Visual Positioning System – VPS
At times when your GPS is not enough, the new visual system in Google Maps can also use the newly termed VPS. This Visual Positioning System uses your phone’s camera and Google’s extensive back-end data to analyze your surroundings. It can identify where you are with greater accuracy and help you get where you need to be.
Internally, we have a few team members already cheering about this, they live in densely populated urban areas with tall buildings. They often complain of GPS drift and other hassles when navigating – the new visual systems are made just for people like them.
Sadly, Aparna did not mention when these new Maps features would be available. Be sure we will update when we learn more.
What do you say, did you just figure out where you are going?
May 8, 2018 at 09:59AM