Holy wow Google just added augmented reality walking directions into maps and it's WILD 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/94igjyuykb
— Owen Williams ⚡ (@ow) March 14, 2019
For anyone that likes to explore cities and spaces on their own, Google Maps has developed an augmented reality mode that makes it easy to ascertain what direction a pedestrian should be headed in~there is a large animated type of arrow to guide your direction.
You know those moments where there are no references to help you figure out which direction north is, and no way to determine exactly where you are. Using global localization which brings together Visual Positioning Services (VPS) and Street View, the smartphone camera becomes a “sensor” making wayfinding so much easier.
With a limited release in February for people who will augment the app with new locations and take photos, it is in the feedback stage. And here is the best part~the new feature is solely for walking directions, not for vehicular drivers.
In those pesky locations where GPS does not work because it is bouncing off buildings and cell towers, the Augmented Reality (AR) application uses the camera to suss surrounding buildings and street grids to pinpoint a walker’s location.Read more »