Google wants to use AR to make walking navigation easier in Maps

09 May, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Becky Perry
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The news was announced onstage at the Google I/O developer conference being held May 8-10 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

For more effective navigation, Google is combining Google Maps' navigation features with Camera capabilities.

Right now, Google Maps is obviously best known for helping people get where they want to go, but for a while now, Google has featured all kinds of additional content in the service.

Small businesses will also be getting access to tools on Google Maps, making them more accessible to customer calls or to edit operating hours on the fly.

On the Explore tab, you'll be able to see dining, event and activity options in the selected area.

Google Maps is adding a "For you" section as well.

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For each place, Google Maps will also be using machine learning to display a "match" number meant to show "how likely you are to enjoy a food or drink spot based on your unique preferences", Lin told Travel + Leisure. It looks a heck of a lot like what Google Glass wanted to be but on your phone.

Google Maps learns about those preferences based on how you have rated this and other places and your own preferences, which you can actually set manually in the Google Maps settings once this update goes live. The system will leverage what it already knows about you, where you've been before and whether you've made ratings to places previously. Once you've reached a decision together, you can use Maps to book a reservation and find a ride to get to the place.

A shortlist feature aims to make it easier to select places to eat or hang out and have your friends vote on their choice, which will hopefully eliminate a lot of the back-and-forth now going on in your messaging app.

Google will launch this new Google Maps experience later this summer.

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