What technology is behind Google Maps

Google Maps is coming for interiors and with numerous new features

Google plans to bring more than 100 improvements to its map service this year - all of them AI-supported. Google Maps is supposed to "redefine the world of the map view" and provide information exactly when you need it. And soon also indoors and for more sustainability.

Live View is Google's augmented reality (AR) navigation. It uses individual clues to show the right route, but also the direction of sights and more. This should help, for example, to avoid walking exactly in the wrong direction, for example when you come out of the underground and have to orientate yourself. Behind this is the technology developed by Google and known as Global Localization, which uses AI to combine billions of street view recordings in such a way that they are used for orientation.

Now Live View is also coming indoors. "Thanks to new developments that help us to determine the exact height and placement of objects within a building, we can now also use Live View in buildings where you can quickly lose track of things: in airports, train stations and shopping centers", says it in the blog post.

AR is supposed to help find the right escalator, baggage claim and check-in - i.e. everything that is normally indicated with symbols on signs on the ceiling. Several buildings are starting in Zurich and Tokyo, and shopping centers in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle are already in the planning stage.

Google Maps is becoming climate-conscious

Google Maps will also soon show the weather and air quality for a location you are looking for. To do this, the data from several partners is used. Both will be available for Android and iOS in the coming months. Initially, the weather data is displayed worldwide, the information on air quality only in Australia, India and the USA.

For a better climate, there will soon be an advertisement for particularly environmentally friendly routes. The routing model was developed in collaboration with the US Institute for Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. For example, fuel consumption is calculated based on factors such as road gradient and traffic jams. In the future, Google Maps will show the route with the lowest CO2 consumption by default. But that can also be switched. This function will also only appear for the USA for the time being, the global launch is being planned.

One piece of information that is also finding its way into Germany are environmental zones, i.e. cities in which certain vehicles are no longer allowed. The comparison of how long which means of transport takes for a selected route now appears in a view - you no longer have to switch to the respective tabs. Google's AI also decides which means of transport is preferred, depending on your own preferences and, for example, the usual ones in a city.

A new pick-up service is also being tested in the USA. When ordering, Maps shows the waiting time, when to go and more. A 3D route view is also planned, which can be used to walk the route in advance.

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