Have you ever come out of the subway running late for a meeting with no clue which way you’re supposed to go? Sure, Maps will tell you how to get to your appointment, but only if it’s aware of where you are and what direction you’re facing. Sometimes it “thinks” it knows these, even though the data it’s being fed is inaccurate. You’re then in for some impromptu outdoor trivia: Try to figure out which path to follow by checking if the blue dot is moving in the same direction you’re supposed to. Read More
Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately was written by the awesome team at Android [...]
A public rollout is still a ways away.
Back at Google I/O this past May, one of the most intriguing announcements was a teaser of AR turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps for more accurate results when walking. After months and months of waiting, we now have an idea of what that final product will look like.
While real-time Google Lens was the big augmented reality announcement at I/O 2018, another exciting in-development feature was teased. Google Maps is working to leverage the camera to overlay walking directions, business listings, and other helpful guides. A first look today details the interface and that’s it coming first to beta testers.
Google Maps is slowly building out a reporting function, but Waze has had the option for years now. Unfortunately, that functionality is getting the attention of local law enforcement in New York City, as the NYPD has just sent a cease and desist letter to Google, demanding that the reporting feature no longer reveal the location of DWI checkpoints.