May 27, 2022

Google Maps to bring immersive indoor view, expands eco-friendly routes

By Nicholas Sutrich published 15 days ago

Drive better and see into that restaurant more clearly before you get there.

Google Maps new features from Google I/O 2022

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Google Maps is getting a big update in the near future that’ll allow users to see not only where a restaurant or scenic landmark is on the map but to view the place in full 3D right on their smartphone. Google’s presentation showed how easy the new immersive mode can make it to properly scope out a restaurant before driving all the way there, and it looks like it’s a lot more effective than relying on just user-submitted photos.

The best part is that you won’t even need one of the best Android smartphones(opens in new tab) to utilize this powerful feature, thanks to Google Cloud immersive stream. That means what you’re seeing is being rendered in the cloud rather than on your smartphone.

Google will be rolling out this new feature later this year to Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo. More locations are planned for the future and we expect those will be announced as they become available. Google announced this and another important new Google Maps(opens in new tab) feature at Google I/O 2022(opens in new tab).Sponsored LinksTop Courses For Your CV – Learn MoreTop Courses | Sponsored links

Google Maps immersive view of London
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That second announcement is the wider availability of efficient routes, which you’ll see in the photo below. Efficient routes were already available in the U.S. and Canada, but Google is rolling it out to more locations — like Europe — and to more people to help folks save money (and the environment) by taking the route that uses the least gas. Normally, that means avoiding traffic and trying to stay on routes that have fewer stops and more fuel-efficient speed limits.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEThe Future Of Foldable Flip Phones (Can Be Found In The Past)https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_9841640 seconds of 12 minutes, 15 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

Google Maps new features from Google I/O 2022
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Finding a place at a stadium with Live View in Google Maps
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Lastly is the addition of Google Maps Live View technology, which can make looking for seats at a stadium or finding the restroom in a store a bit easier. Live View lets users hold their smartphones up to see the world through the camera of their smartphones, with the smartphone adding helpful virtual hints on the screen like arrows or text.

Google added this new development tool to the ARCore(opens in new tab) Geospatial API and will allow more developers to integrate quality AR experiences into their apps. ARCore works on all modern Android phones so, once again, you won’t need just a powerful device to get the experience. All in all, these features add up to a more helpful Google Maps for all.

Nicholas Sutrich

Nicholas Sutrich 

Senior Content Producer — SmartphonesNick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it’s VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he’s been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @GwanatuMORE ABOUT…The Samsung Memorial Day sale is offering some great deals on the Z Fold 3 and S22 li…Android 13 Beta 2.1 starts rolling out to fix some bugs for Pixel ownersLATESTBest Chromebook 2022

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