Google Maps Will Now Use AR Tech to Improve Location Detection

Have you ever been using Google maps hoping to get to where you need to go only for your location to be ever so slightly off? Things like that are about to become a thing of the past thanks to Google’s foray in to the world of augmented reality. While most people tend to think of Lens when they think about augmented reality, the truth of the situation is that Maps is also involved in this sort of thing and incorporating AR into this would help Google improve location detection by a pretty large margin.

While GPS was traditionally used for this sort of thing, Google posits that GPS doesn’t work as well in the dense urban jungles that most of us tend to live in. What’s more is that GPS can often fail whereas AR has the potential to keep going no matter what ends up happening at the end of the day. With all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that the AR feature in Google Maps is called Live View and it is an important part of what makes your experience the best that it can be.

Utilizing Live View can help Maps learn about the direction that you are facing and calibrate itself accordingly. This indicates that Maps is about to get extremely accurate, so much so that you might just be able to get some truly specific locations right which is a problem that a lot of people have been hoping would be solved at some point in time. When you open up Live View and take part in the calibration process, you will find that it is much more accurate than the figure 8 movement that GPS generally requires. iOS users will have to wait for this feature but Android users with high end phones would be able to use it immediately.


Screenshot: AP.

Hat Tip: 9To5G.

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