Saturday, June 19

Google Maps becomes more complete and more dynamic

Like Google I / O, Google Maps and Live View have had their share of announcements. More detailed maps, dynamic information, live view … there are many new features.

On the occasion of Google I / O, the Mountain View firm returned to a number of its services, starting with Workspace, the online work ecosystem made up of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. . Google Maps, the world’s most famous mapping software, also got its new features.

Ride safely

The first novelty of Google Maps was announced at the opening of the conference by Sundar Pichai himself. This is Safer Routing, a new option based on road conditions, weather and traffic density to find the path with the fewest sudden stops. Braking is known to be particularly dangerous on the roads.

The maps are also made more detailed. Little by little, Google Maps is now acquiring information such as pedestrian crossings or traffic lights.

Live View more complete and more accessible

Directly from the map, you can access Live View with one click. The view then switches to augmented reality on your smartphone, allowing you to collect a lot of information around you, concerning stores, restaurants, etc. Convenient to know if a restaurant is well rated and to see photos of the dishes.

To this, Google will add practical information, such as signs directly on the road to find out the name of the street, or points of interest to find out everything about this monument that stands in front of you… or your hotel. It also works in some indoor locations.

More dynamic maps

Google Maps also wants to be smarter by displaying the most relevant information depending on the time of day. Cafes and bakeries in the morning, restaurants at noon, bars at night… or even interesting places to visit if you are visiting a new city.

In the midst of a pandemic, Google is also adding interesting information: the occupation of an area. At a glance, you can tell if the neighborhood is more crowded than usual or not.

These new features will be rolled out in the coming months. This deployment will be gradual for some of them.

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