Google launches augmented reality navigation for some Google Maps users - BGR

With the exception of an optional feature of Pokemon Go Augmented reality has not yet had the kind of impact that many analysts and developers seem to expect. Conceptually, AR is fascinating - able to turn your environment into an interactive computer screen. But in practice, we have not yet found a revolutionary application that truly embraces the promise of technology.

During the weekend, Wall Street Journal David Pierce shared his thoughts on an upcoming AR navigation feature for Google Maps. , announced by the company to Google I / O last May. He does not think it will replace the standard navigation feature, but he is impressed by the "first version" tested.

Like other augmented reality experiences, the Google Maps AR feature uses your phone's camera to overlay visual effects. top of the real world by walking from one place to another. Rather than looking at your phone and following a dotted line, you will point your phone outward in the direction you are facing, and 3D arrows will suddenly appear in the street in front of you, guiding you to your destination. Pierce said the arrows in his app pointed to his right and that once he took his turn, a rectangular blue sign appeared on the screen allowing him to know that his next turn was preparing for 249 feet . More arrows appeared when he reached the corner.

"I found the RA function very useful at the beginning of a trip," explained Pierce. "Usually, when I head to a new place, I choose a direction, start walking and then look at the blue dot halfway to see if I'm going in the right direction. Often I am not. With Google's AR view, I could turn on the camera, check my surroundings, and leave with much more confidence. "

It should be noted that the feature is not yet ready for public release. Rachel Inman, of Google, told Pierce that virtually everything he saw during his use of the app could change, from the giant's look, floating arrows to the use of arrows. But Google will receive feedback from the community as the first version of the AR feature will soon be delivered to smart Google Maps users called Local Guides.

Image Source: EMILY PRAPUOLENIS / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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