Google Maps has just received a long-announced feature that allows you to take advantage of the expanded reality in pedestrian and car navigation. Let's see who the novelty first came to.

The giant from Mountain View showed during the last year's conference Google I / O ficzer, which literally swept away direct competition. It is about the practical use of AR ( augmented reality ) in the Map application, in which it would play a supporting role in navigation . It sounds great and as the first testers had the opportunity to see, it looks like it too.

AR enters Google Maps

I will take a chance and say that in my opinion, the extended reality is much more useful than the virtual one at the current stage of development. Technologies are partially competing with each other, but it is the AR that does not need expensive dedicated devices. To take advantage of the solution, all you need is a smartphone equipped with the right hardware.

A key role in the development of AR is provided by software developers who implement fisters associated with the extended reality to their applications. In addition to smaller players, the giants also present their suggestions. Let's take such Google. The company showed at the recent Google I / O conference how AR can help in car and pedestrian navigation.

The video aroused interest, but it was only a harbinger of a real function. Since then, the subject of AR in Google Maps was unfortunately quiet. Until today, when the first testers received access to this tool and decided to share their first impressions with the public.

It is worth adding here that the group of testers is scarce . A handful of happy users was selected from local guides. Nevertheless, the impression of the mentioned group of users is positive, and it promises well for the future.

At first you can get the impression that the application uses the Street View function. However, this is wrong, because the image presented on the screen of a smartphone is actually a view from the camera of the device on which the navigation data is applied. Currently, testers check the pedestrian option, but it is a matter of time before a full-fledged solution dedicated to drivers appears.