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Technology Google Maps is making 'Live View' AR navigation more prominent

10:10  16 march  2020
10:10  16 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Last year, Google Maps introduced " Live View " AR navigation that visually guides you to a location using your phone's camera. The feature is still a bit difficult to find, though, so Google is testing a feature that makes it more visible. In the latest beta version, Maps puts a floating action button (FAB)

Back in February, Google started testing an AR navigation feature that leveraged a phone's camera to overlay directions pointing towards a user's destination. The only complaint I have about Live View is how stupid you can look when trying to show it where you are, but besides that , it 's really a lifesaver.

Last year, Google Maps introduced "Live View" AR navigation that visually guides you to a location using your phone's camera. The feature is still a bit difficult to find, though, so Google is testing a feature that makes it more visible. In the latest beta version, Maps puts a floating action button (FAB) for Live View front and center as soon as you search for or select a location, according to 9to5Google.

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Tapping on the button will launch the camera that shows the distance and direction to a location relative to your position. An arrow will guide you to move your phone until you're pointing in the right direction, with the final destination marked by a large floating pin. A card at the bottom of the screen will then prompt you to start your AR-guided navigation.

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Caption: A GIF showing the Live View experience in Google Maps near the Eiffel Tower in Paris From there, make sure to choose the Walking tab as Live View is only available for walking There’s still more work to be done to improve this feature. However, given the positive feedback we received

Google Maps Live View is a new feature that overlays directions on top of your camera to show you where to walk to your destination. Google is making its new augmented reality walking directions, known now as Google Maps Live View , available to a much wider range of Android phones and the

This system will make it much easier for folks to get started with their navigation, particularly if they exit from an underground subway station. Rather than walking a hundred yards in the wrong direction, you can simply type in your destination, click on the Live View button and spin around until your destination appears. Then, you can start walking or riding in the right direction, immediately.

The usual Live View caveats apply -- once you start walking, the AR interface disappears so you don't get fixated on your phone and walk into the street without looking. This updated Live View feature is pretty likely to arrive soon, as it's on the Google Maps roadmap, but for now it's still in beta.

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