February 11, 2019
Some users around the world have started to use augmented reality applied to Google Maps to find errors and report that the “preview” version already does its job correctly. To activate it simply launch the Google Maps application on your smartphone and then activate the “Start AR” option. After setting a destination, simply frame what is ahead with the camera to see the graphical indications that appear on the route to follow. The screen is divided in two: the upper part shows live images, while the next one shows a classic map.
The idea behind this function is to use the terminal’s camera to superimpose in real time an image of the map that will guide us in navigation, a kind of driving simulator like that of video games that would reinforce walking. In this way, in areas with many narrow streets or avenues, where it is more difficult to move around, this Google function would help not to get lost.
The arrival of augmented reality on Google Maps will make our journeys through the city much easier (and above all, real). The option will only be available for the journeys on foot.
Obviously, this is not a service designed for cars, even if the potential with a smart windshield would be enormous, but only for those who travel on foot. It’s also smart enough to turn it off when you put down your smartphone. In short, you can use it like a normal map and when in doubt about the direction, augmented reality is enabled. This reduces data and battery consumption.
Google has also thought about the risks that can arise and, in fact, crosswalks are marked with an alert: crossing regardless of the traffic lights or cars would be dangerous. It is not yet clear when the final version will begin shipping and there is still time for interface fixes, but the bottom line is that the tool is advanced.
The only conflict concerns the management of privacy policies, especially in Europe. With augmented reality, faces, car license plates and events of all kinds will also take center stage. How do you intend to handle Google these situations?
Source: Realtà increased by the app Google Maps, ormai la funzione è quasi prompt – Tom’s Hardware
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