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Google's augmented reality Maps are live for some users

Mashable

In May 2018, during its annual I/O developer conference, Google announced a new feature for its Maps mobile app, called the AR Visual Positioning System. It provides navigation via a layer of augmented reality, plastered over actual reality as seen through your phone's camera. To use it, you lift the phone in front of your eyes and the software gives you directions via arrows which show where you need to go. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Google is making the feature available to a small subset of users. I don't have the feature on iOS or Android.


Google Pixel fans get exclusive access to Map feature with real life 'Street View' directions

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google Pixel fans have been given exclusive access to a new feature from Google Maps that uses augmented reality to make navigation easier. Gone is the flashing blue dot in this new view, which shows Maps users exactly where to go by following blue arrows overlaid on a real street view. It captures the handset's camera view of its surroundings and scans for landmarks to pinpoint the user's location at street level. The AI powered feature is only available to Pixel users, including customers who buy the cheaper range of Pixel 3a phones launched this week. It is now available on the latest version of Android on all Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, and older Pixel smartphones.


New Google Maps AR feature recognises buildings navigates users in REAL TIME

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google is adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps that puts users in street view to navigate their surroundings in real-time through their smartphone. The new app will use the phone's lens to scan buildings and landmarks and direct users based on what they see in front of them, rather than by looking at the blue dot on a Google map. The feature will be tested by a few members of Google's Local Guides community who earn points by writing Google reviews. No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users. Google could soon be adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps so puts the user in street view and navigate their surroundings in real-time.


Google tests interactive location listings in Street View

Engadget

Google is testing an added augmented reality layer in Street View that could be a godsend for those who have trouble picturing where they on a map. The feature, first spotted by a 9to5Google reader, adds interactive pins to Street View. They replicate some of the same icons you see when using the app's main overhead view. Hovering your mouse over an icon displays a floating box that lists the name of the location, as well as a short description. You'll also see the place's review rating, and get a sense of how much it costs to visit, eat or shop there.


Google's VPS indoor navigation is a game-changer for the visually impaired

Mashable

Everyone knows how useful GPS is for navigating the world outdoors, but what about indoors? At its Google I/O developers conference, Google announced a new technology called Visual Positioning Service (VPS), a Tango-enabled mapping system that uses augmented reality on phones and tablets to help navigate indoor locations. SEE ALSO: Google's Project Tango finds a new home in the classroom Imagine holding up your Tango-ready phone inside of, say, a large warehouse-like store like Lowe's or Ikea, and instead of getting lost you follow turn-by-turn directions to get you to the right aisle and exact shelf where the item you want is. Google says VPS makes use of machine learning, computer vision and mapping coordinates to do just that. It all sounds great, but until we see in practice, it's hard to tell exactly how precise VPS is.