The map service can already be used in closed spaces such as airports, train stations and shopping centers.
Google’s mapping and navigation service, Google Maps, updated its augmented reality-based tool on Tuesday so that it can also guide the user inside closed spaces such as airports, train stations and shopping centers.
The augmented reality application of Google Maps that allows guidance in open spaces is already beginning to be enabled to be used in large closed spaces and high-traffic public services such as airports and stations.
Live View, the Maps function that Google launched in 2020, places directions, icons and messages such as arrows or stair symbols on the street images captured by the user’s mobile camera to guide them where they want to go.
Until now, these indications were visible only in open public spaces (streets, highways and parks), but as of this Tuesday they are also available in some closed spaces in the US and will reach cities around the world in the coming months.
For the moment, those in Chicago, Long Island (New York), Los Angeles, Newark (New Jersey), San Francisco and San José (California) and Seattle (Washington) can use Live View to reach their destinations. .
The two international cities that the company has already announced will receive the service in the near future are Tokyo and Zurich.
In an entry on its corporate blog, Google put as examples of use of this function to find the closest elevator or stairs at an airport or train station, as well as the boarding gate, the road, the baggage claim point, the counter, the restrooms or an ATM.
The technology on which Live View is based, augmented reality, is set to occupy a central place in the coming years, especially in the world of video games, in which it has already achieved great success with the popular Pokémon Go. EFE