Google Maps Embraces AI with Immersive View, Lens and More

In order to assist your search with trip planning, navigating new areas, locating electric vehicles, charging stations, and discovering new locations and activities, Google has announced a number of new AI-enhanced features that will be soon available in Google Maps.

Immersive view support:

With Immersive View for routes, customers can see a comprehensive overview of their whole journey, making it the most graphically sophisticated new feature. According to Google, immersive view will allow users to enjoy simulated travels as if they were actually there by fusing billions of street view and aerial photos using sophisticated AI, which gives you advanced knowledge about a restaurant or monument.

Following this week’s debut of photorealistic 3D tiles on the Google Maps platform, developers may now also construct their own immersive experiences. Available on Android and iOS, Immersive View will launch in a few cities this week, including:

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Dublin
  • Florence
  • Italy
  • Las Vegas
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • California 
  • Seattle
  • Tokyo
  • Venice
  •  Italy.

Lens in Map:

Launched in November 2022 for London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo Lens in Map was formerly known as Search with Live View. Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, Lens in Map is used in a new environment, whether you are exploring a new city or finding hidden gems nearby. When you hold your phone up, Maps’ AI lens shows you information on the events, restaurants, ATMs, and train stations in the area. The service will be added this week to around 50 countries, including:

  • Austin
  • Las Vegas
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Taipei 

Added EV charging:

EV drivers on Android and iOS will now be able to get even more useful charging station information starting this week. This information includes finding a charging station that best suits your needs by determining whether the charger is compatible with your car. It also determines whether the available chargers are fast, medium, or slow. It also allows you to see the charger you used the last time so that you can avoid spending time with the broken one. Developers using the Google Maps Platform and Places API will also have access to EV charging information.

Advanced search with Google Maps:

AI-powered visual results are revolutionizing search on Google Maps. Users will now receive photo results of venues that match their specific activity searches, such as “animal latte art”. The Google Maps community has submitted a billion photographs, all of which have been analyzed using AI and sophisticated image recognition models to get these results. You can find new locations with this visual list of sites that precisely match your search criteria. Simply browse the results, tap a photo to get additional information, and proceed directly from there.

Google claims to be improving the way it arranges the search results for iOS and Android in the coming weeks. The first countries to enjoy this new feature from Google Maps will be

  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • UK
  • US 

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