Google is rolling out updates to its Maps app that use AI. According to The Verge, the new features include immersive navigation, more easily understood driving directions, and more arranged search results.
Google hopes to make Maps more like Search—a location where users can locate EV charges, coffee shops, and directions, of course, but also where they can type in general queries like "fall foliage," "latte art," or "things to do in Tokyo" and receive a tonne of genuinely helpful results. According to Google, it wants users of Maps to explore new locations and activities while operating under the guidance of its extremely potent algorithm. According to Chris Phillips, Google's Vice President and General Manager of Geo, artificial intelligence has "supercharged the way we map" and is essential for helping users navigate and make critical decisions.
According to Phillips, Google Maps will evolve into a more "visual and immersive" tool that also assists you in making "more sustainable choices," like using the bus or riding a bike. In order to help developers, cities, and particularly automakers enhance Maps for the in-car navigation experience, Google is also broadening the scope of its API services. According to Miriam Daniel, the Google Maps team leader, one of the ways Google is utilising AI to make Maps more like Search is by analysing "billions" of user-uploaded photographs to assist users in finding odd goods, such as coffee shops that sell lattes with panda faces. Similar to how they can with Search, users can type particular queries into Maps to receive a list of local companies or locations that fit the query based on a real-time analysis of user images.