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Google Maps is rolling out 'Live View' AR walking navigation to more users

Google Maps is rolling out 'Live View' AR walking navigation to more users

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 functionality has been available to Local Guides for the past few months, and the company is now rolling it out more globally after successful testing. For the occasion, it has also given it a name: Live View.

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Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately

Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately

Have you ever come out of the subway running late for a meeting with no clue which way you're supposed to go? Sure, Maps will tell you how to get to your appointment, but only if it's aware of where you are and what direction you're facing. Sometimes it "thinks" it knows these, even though the data it's being fed is inaccurate. You're then in for some impromptu outdoor trivia: Try to figure out which path to follow by checking if the blue dot is moving in the same direction you're supposed to. If it's not, it probably means your compass is not calibrated, so you can start frenetically shaking your phone in an 8 shape to see if it'll eventually point the right way.

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Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone's camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance. Although the demo was very promising, the feature wasn't expected to be immediately available, even for testing. However, the company is now letting select people, mostly Local Guides with access to a preview version of Maps, use the feature, and David Pierce from the Wall Street Journal was among the lucky ones to give it a first try.

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Google Maps teases impressive augmented reality navigation interface ... again

Google Maps teases impressive augmented reality navigation interface ... again

Having information is one thing, but coming up with a really intuitive way to deliver that info is another challenge entirely. Google Maps already knows its way around our world better than many of its inhabitants, and while it can easily churn out a set of directions from here to there, plotting a route on an overhead map can feel six kinds of old-fashioned. Today at I/O Google gave us one heck of a compelling look at the future of phone-based pedestrian navigation, showing off the augmented reality-powered Visual Positioning System.

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