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Google Maps launches augmented reality guides for indoor spaces



Google Maps Live View AR indoors

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Google on Tuesday announced several new features coming to Google Maps. The coolest helps you find your way through indoor areas such as airports, malls and train stations using augmented reality.

The updated Live View AR feature, which overlaps digital guides on top of the real world to provide directions as you browse your phone screen, now works indoors. So say you are at an airport and need to find your gate or an ATM. You search for what you are looking for in Google Maps, and markers will guide you with arrows and other digital markers.

Here is an example:

Google Maps Live View Indoors

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Live View for Google Maps was first launched for Android and iPhone in 2019, but it initially provided only such directions outdoors. To access Live View, search for something in Google Maps on your phone, tap “Directions” and then, when available, tap the “Live View” option next to “Start”.

Google said it first rolled out in some malls in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. In the coming months, it will also be launched at airports, shopping malls and transit stations in Tokyo and Zurich. Other cities and locations will eventually support the feature as well.

Google’s major map update also includes other features that will roll out in the coming months, such as air quality information, integration with grocery stores for pickup in the hallway and an option to choose the most environmentally friendly route while driving.


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