Google Maps AR navigation feature testing begins in United States for select users

Google Maps- Augmented Reality

Google Maps- Augmented Reality

When the tech giant teased the feature during I/O, Google's Aparna Chennapragada noted that the project's team was "playing with the idea" of adding digital guides.

As neat as all of this is, WSJ notes that Google doesn't want this AR navigation to be people's primary way of getting around.

All in all, it doesn't look all that different to the demo Google had shown at last year's I/O (guides included).

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone's camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance.

At Google I/O 2018, we had a first look at Google Maps AR features.

The option to use AR is via a "Start AR" button in the Map app main screen.

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Google gave The Wall Street Journal early access access to the AR mode feature, and the publication took it for a spin to test out its capabilities. Go to 9:41 in the video below to see the feature in action.

The WSJ got access to a phone from Google with Google Maps AR on it for testing, putting into place a lot of what we already know about the system.

In this way, the app creates a real-time and immersive navigation for the user based on what he sees around him. This feature is also claimed to help users save the battery. Later this year, his voice will come to the Google Assistant.

The feature will likely also be available through AR glasses in the future although no date has yet been given for when it will be readily available to download for phone users or made more widely available.

The WSJ's David Pierce notes that the feature will likely end up on the AR glasses that many companies are now either working on or selling.

From there, users can create a shortlist of their favorite destinations that they can share with their friends. Even though Google Maps and other navigation apps make it incredibly easy to get somewhere, it's still incredibly hard to find out exactly where you are going, especially in new cities.

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