Google Maps has been continually evolving, and it’s not slowing down. The platform is set to introduce a range of AI-enhanced features to enhance your navigation and exploration experience. Here’s a glimpse of what Google has in store for you this week and in the near future.
Immersive View for Routes
Earlier this year, Google introduced Immersive View for routes, a feature that utilizes AI to merge Street View and aerial images, providing a detailed turn-by-turn preview of your route. It also offers a time slider for route planning, including simulated traffic and weather. This feature is launching this week in 15 cities, including Amsterdam, London, New York, and Tokyo.
Lens in Maps Expands
Lens in Maps, previously known as Search with Live View, is expanding to 50 new cities. This augmented reality feature offers information about nearby amenities, such as ATMs and transit stations, when you point your phone.
Enhanced Maps Detail
Google is improving map detail with updated colors, realistic buildings, and lane information. It will also inform users about high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in their area. This update is coming to 12 countries, and AI-powered speed limit information is expanding to 20 more countries in Europe.
EV Charging Information
Users of electric vehicles (EVs) will soon have access to additional charging station details, including compatibility, charging rate, and station usage history.
Photos in Search Results
Google is changing how users see search results in Google Maps. When searching, photos will appear at the top of the results, shared by the Maps community. This feature is launching in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US this week.
Thematic Search Results
In the coming weeks, Google will organize search results thematically, making it easier to find what you’re looking for. For instance, searching in Tokyo will yield themed suggestions like “anime” or “cherry blossoms,” with relevant information accessible by tapping on these suggestions.
Summing it up
Google Maps continues to innovate, providing users with richer information and an enhanced navigation experience. From detailed maps to augmented reality features and thematic search results, Google Maps is on a mission to make your journeys more informative and enjoyable.