Much more clarity than just a blue dot
Much more clarity than just a blue dot

Game-changing new Google Maps features

WE HAVE all been there. You look down at your Google Maps app and try to decipher which way the blue dot is facing before continuing on your journey.

You slowly walk 200 metres; pull out your phone and realise you probably need to backtrack. Or maybe you are going the right way and Google Maps has just been a little slow at updating?

Anxiety builds and you are minutes away from smashing your phone on the pavement, and hailing a cab to take you home to binge watch prison documentaries on Netflix.

Who cares if it's supposed to have the best beer collection in Sydney, no bar is worth this level of stress to find.

If you have shared a similar experience using Google Maps, you are not alone and it appears like the tech giant is working to create a fix.

Other points of interest will also be shown
Other points of interest will also be shown

At its annual developers conference, Google I/O, the tech giant showcased a new augmented reality feature that could soon put an end to the stress associated with finding a new location.

The feature combines the users' camera view with Google's extensive Street View imagery of the world.

"GPS alone doesn't cut it," Google vice president Aparna Chennapragada told the I/O crowd when unveiling a sample of the new feature on stage.

Essentially users will open their camera and will get a real world view of your surroundings, with Google's directions overlayed in real-time, along with other points of interest.

The company didn't say when the augmented reality feature would be rolled out to Google Maps, but did suggest when it does go live an augmented fox could be included to act as your virtual guide.

You could have a virtual fox telling you where to go.
You could have a virtual fox telling you where to go.

Even though the AR features might a little while off, the company did announce it will soon launch a new version of Google Maps that will be more personalised than ever before.

Google VP for engineering and product management Jen Fitzpatrick said Google Maps was working to give users better recommendations for local places.

"Today, our users aren't just asking for the fastest route to a place but also what's happening around them, what the new places are and what the locals are doing in their neighbourhood," she said during a keynote, reported Tech Crunch.

Part of this plan is to introduce a new 'for you' tab which will learn personal preferences and will alert them when something new opens in their local area - so if Google finds out you like pizza and a new joint opens up around the corner, you will be sure to know.

You could have a virtual fox telling you where to go.
You could have a virtual fox telling you where to go.


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