Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface


Google hardened its Tuesday I/O keynote to unveil a pretty killer new feature that may one day come to Google Maps: camera-assisted mince navigation.

“Here’s how it could—will look like,” Google VP Aparna Chennapragada ascertained the I/O crowd when unveiling a sample interface that combines Google Maps’ 2D interface with the look on from your smartphone’s camera lens. A small semisphere of map text appeared at the bottom of the interface, while the camera perspective included brazen images of where to turn and go—and floating panels that show word about businesses in your direct view.

Chennapragada offered nothing in the way of a publicity release date.

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Enlarge / A visual representation of Google’s “VPS” system as perceived by a smartphone camera.
Ron Amadeo

“GPS deserted doesn’t cut it,” Chennapragada said when describing how this camera-powered craze might work. She used that prompt to unveil a Google aggressiveness dubbed the visual positioning system (VPS). It can “estimate precise positioning and assimilation” based on images gathered by a user’s smartphone.

This Maps paragon follows Facebook’s early-2017 reveal of a similar initiative meant to long run run within the Facebook smartphone app. Facebook’s vision also includes primer highlights in a user’s field of view with business-related tips, along with compatriots’ notes, recommendations, and graffiti.

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