Like many technology companies, Google is also trying to integrate artificial intelligence into many of its applications. Now he announced that new AI features are also coming to the popular the Maps application. They concern especially Immersive View for route planning, deeper Lens integration for local navigation and more accurate information in real time.
Back in May at the I/O developer conference, Google’s management presented the Immersive View function for route planning, which provides navigational views of the planned route. Whether you’re walking, cycling, using public transport or driving, they’ll let you walk/drive back and forth using visualization within the streets, which show turn by turn. The feature will appear this week on iOS and Android for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tokyo and Venice.
Google is also revamping the existing one in Maps live view search feature. Now it will be enough in the Maps application tap the Lens icon and wave your phonethe system will determine your exact location within the street and will be able to you direct to the nearest placessuch as ATMs, pumps/charging stations, restaurants, cafes and shops.
The maps themselves will also be significantly improved. Buildings along your route will be in the app more accurately displayedso that you can better orient yourself in unfamiliar cities, they will also be in the application lane details more clearly defined along tricky highway intersections. These updates will be available to users in the US, Canada, France and Germany over the next few months. US users can look forward to better HOV lane markings and European customers should expect significant expansion of speed limit sign reading technology using Google’s artificial intelligence to a total of 20 countries.
Google Maps also runs natively in a growing number of electric cars as part of the ecosystem Android Automotive OS. These Maps are also getting an update as part of the new Places API. It will be displayed to drivers starting this week more information about nearby charging stationsincluding whether the plugs are compatible with their EV, what the charger’s throughput is, and whether the plug has been used recently (which is an indirect way to tell if the station is down, which Google points out is about 25 % from them).