Google announced AR-based Live View Search in Maps back in September, and the company is now ready to push the update forward. However, the new feature will be rolling out in select cities like Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
This feature works the same way as the current live view, helping you navigate in real time using your phone’s camera. Live view mode superimposes arrows on top of your surroundings and points to landmarks or other places you’re looking.
use Billions of Street View imagery, AI and AR, and new Live View search options give you greater control over your environment. It shows shops, restaurants, banks, ATMs, etc. even if they are out of sight and around the corner, eg. All you need to do is enable the camera on your phone in the map and point in the direction you need.
The tabs that pop up on these facilities now include useful information such as busy times, price ranges, ratings, and of course whether it’s open.
New EV charging station options are coming soon too, you can even search for compatible charging stations and fast charging points above 50 kW.
Last but not least, Google is rolling out Accessible Search globally as it is initially only in Australia, Japan, UK and US.
All new features will be available to Android and iOS users starting next week.