Have you ever setup Google maps to direct you to the next location only to find yourself confused by what direction you need to start in? If you have, you’re not along and Google is well aware of this, which is why they now provide more features that uses the camera on your smartphone.
On May 8th, 2018, the company announced a new feature that introduces AR into the navigation system on smartphones. No longer would you need to wonder about where to start or even where your destination is down the road as you can simply point your camera down the road and see the mark among the buildings.
We know what you’re thinking, they’ve taken the Google street view and turned it into AR? Well, not completely as your camera would actually show what’s in front of you right now, including people, cars or whatever else it might be pointed at. On top of that image, the AR would show you what direction you need to travel in.
Driving with the Google Maps AR
The new feature certainly makes navigating a lot safer and easier to use. You don’t have to look down at your phone anymore as you approach an intersection, but can rather pick up the device, point it down the road and see exact how far your next turn off or destination is.
With this feature, you won’t be taking your eyes off the road either as the camera shows you exactly what’s going on since it uses the camera as you would when trying to take a photo or make a video. The only addition would be the arrows or details about the destination you’re trying to reach.
Discover New Places
Ever wanted to stop for a quick coffee, lunch or just see what fashion stores are around you? We all know Google has made it very easy to find places with the “near me” feature that allows you to see what places are in your area. From there you can simply click on it and get the exact directions.
Well, with AR, they’ve taken it yet another step further and allow you to use the camera on your device and point it down any street to instantly see businesses, restaurants are more.
You Can Still Use the 2D Map
Even while you use a camera feature, you will still see the map at the bottom of your screen with all the usual and information. Therefore, you will see the entire route up to your destination along with the point of interest next to the round.
Google simply added the feature instead of trying to change the entire app, making it easy to use while also not taking away any of the functionality you have become used to over the last few years.