Of course, there’s always room for improvement. Google just announced that it will introduce major upgrades for Google Maps, including an augmented reality (AR) feature that helps people navigate indoor spaces, options for eco-friendly routes, more details on pickup orders, and other tweaks.
Imagine you're in a labyrinthine airport and you’re lost. One of the latest upgrades in Google Maps adds AR to the mix, which gives real-time information and physical directions inside buildings. This update to Live View uses artificial intelligence to go through billions of Street View photos with the goal to provide a Maps user the most accurate information whenever they need it. Plus, the arrows are cute.
Yet another upgrade takes information from the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab to give you the most eco-friendly route. The model will look for the optimal route which involves less fuel consumption. Google Maps will give you an estimate of the CO2 emissions for the route, too.
Live View directions are only working in parts of Tokyo and Zurich for the time being. Map layers that give information about air quality are only working in Australia, India, and America at the moment. But the good news is that you won't have to wait long. Google says it will introduce these improvements to broader markets soon, so sit tight.