Google Maps' New "Live View" AR Feature Launches in London, New York, Los Angeles and Selected Other Cities

Google Maps’ New “Live View” AR Feature Launches in London, New York, Los Angeles and Selected Other Cities

Google revealed some first details about Research with Live View in Septemberbut now he announces Google Maps’ augmented reality feature will start rolling out to London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo on Android and iOS starting next week.

The feature shows you things like cafes and ATMs when you hold your phone and point it at the world around you.

If you’re in a city where search with Live View is available, just tap the camera button in the Google Maps search bar, point your phone’s camera at nearby buildings and places, and look for the dots that appear to indicate where the landmarks are. .

You can tap a dot to learn more. This one is a bit easier to understand in a GIF, so check out this one from Google:

The company is also bringing a few other updates to Google Maps. If you’re looking for an EV charging station, you can now set a “fast charge” filter that helps you find stations with 50kW or larger chargers, a welcome improvement over just charger types specification. Google is also making its “accessible places” feature, which lets you see if a destination on Maps is wheelchair accessible, available worldwide; it was first launched in 2020 in Australia, Japan, UK and US.

Google is also updating a few search features on Thursday. The company will allow you to search for an exact meal and see which restaurants are serving it near you. this feature will be available on mobile and in the Google Android and iOS apps. Multiple search, which lets you use an image and text in a special search type, will allow you to search for items ‘near me’, although this feature is only available in the US to begin with. . (Google first announced multiple search near me at I/O in May.) Google is also launching a new tool in the US to lets you watch sneakers in AR.

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