Google Maps challenges Apple’s 3D mode with a new ‘immersive view’ for cities.


Faced with intensifying competition from Apple Maps and 3D city views, today Google introduction Our own vision for the next generation of Google Maps, with a preview of the new “immersive” viewing experience. The improvements announced at Google’s I/O conference keynote leverage a combination of computer vision and AI technology to combine street view and aerial imagery to create digital models of the world and cities, major landmarks, restaurants, places and other places of interest. .

Google says it has created this immersive view by combining billions of images. This immersive view allows users to visually fly over the area and see what it will look like. For example, if you are planning a trip to London, you can use this feature to see landmarks such as Big Ben or Westminster to better understand the place, experience and architecture. You can also use the “Time Slider” to adjust how the area looks at different times of the day. Night mode on Apple Maps With moonlight rays that activate at dusk, even when navigating a 3D city.

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However, Google’s Immersive Mode allows users to look up local weather and traffic conditions to help plan.

This new mode doesn’t just represent the main city from a more immersive perspective, it also makes it easier to navigate inside venues, including nearby restaurants and other popular venues.

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Users can slide down to street level and then click to see what’s inside the place they want to visit. This can help people figure out what kind of atmosphere a restaurant can have, among other things. You can also see real-time congestion levels in your area and surrounding traffic at this level.

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However, this feature may not be readily available everywhere.

It will initially begin rolling out to major cities including LA, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo by the end of this year, with more cities to follow in the coming months. Google said it will work across platforms and devices, starting with Android and iOS releases later this year.

The company also released several other Google Maps updates during the event. The green routing feature, launched last fall in the US and Canada to help drivers find the most fuel-efficient routes, will roll out to Europe later this year, he said.

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To date, this addition is estimated to have saved more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to removing 100,000 cars from the road. Google says the European expansion will double this number.

Meanwhile, for developers, Google announced the release of a new ARCore Geospatial API that will allow developers to use the live view capabilities of maps in third-party applications.

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Live View is a feature that overlays AR arrows and directions on top of the real world viewed through the smartphone camera. The idea is that when you’re in a new place where you might be disoriented, you can pull out your phone and know exactly in which direction to start walking. It’s like throwing yourself inside Google Street View.

Google now also allows its developer partners to build products that take advantage of Live View technology.

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One partner is Lime, a micromobility company that uses APIs to help commuters in London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Madrid, San Diego and Bordeaux find a place to park their electric scooters and e-bikes. Telstra and Accenture are using it to help sports fans and concertgoers find seating, kiosks and restaurants at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium. In Japan, Docomo and Curiosity are building a new game in which players battle virtual dragons alongside their robot companions in front of Tokyo landmarks like Tokyo Tower, powered via API.

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