Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Maps AR navigation has almost reached its final destination - your phone

Google Maps AR navigation has almost reached its final destination - your phone

Google Maps' AR navigation feature could come in handy for challenging directions, Engadget reported.

The Wall Street Journal got hands-on experience of the upcoming feature. It provides navigation via a layer of augmented reality, plastered over actual reality as seen through your phone's camera. You can't use the AR view consistently; the app will ask you to put the phone down after awhile.

To solve this, at Google's 2018 IO developer conference, the tech giant announced a new feature it is planning to introduce to address this glitch.

While the feature still relies on Global Positioning System to find out where you are, it uses Street View data to pinpoint your location. It's like Street View for navigation. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen, the report said on Saturday.

There's no denying that Google Maps has made our lives easier, from tracing a route to exploring eateries and salons in a location, the navigation app does it all. The company first talked about the new experience back in May 2018, and it's finally started to test the system with real users, starting with a small group of Local Guides.

Google hasn't given any indication of a date as to when this feature will become widely available, and Pierce notes that it will arrive "only when Google is satisfied that it's ready". To ensure it doesn't consume your battery and data allowance-and for safety reasons-users will be reminded to lower their phone if it's been held up too long.

Something to look forward to: Have you ever found yourself frustrated with Google Maps, walking the wrong way when the blue dot thinks you're somewhere else? The idea is to help users with short-term directions.

During last year's Google I/O, the company showed off the integration between Google Lens and Google Maps.

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