Google Maps becomes three new features intended to help you coordinate your plans, like checking out a landmark without leaving your house or keeping tabs on your friends’ locations at a festival. Previous features included an activity area or grocery pickupbut these three new features: photorealistic aerial view, cycling routes and location sharing notifications aim to keep you organized, safe and connected.
“Photorealistic Aerial View” will be available at nearly 100 popular landmarks. This view is available for cities like London, New York, Barcelona, San Francisco, and Tokyo, and will give you an overview of the landmarks in those cities. Amanda Leicht Moore, product manager for Google Maps, wrote in a statement that it is a step towards an “immersive view”.
The immersive view, which was previously announced at Google’s I/O 2022 conference, combines AI with “billions of high-definition Street View, satellite and aerial images”. The view would work as a simulation of the city you want to visit, so you can, for example, discover the inside of a restaurant without leaving your house.
The immersive view is not yet available, but the aerial view of landmarks has now been rolled out globally to Google Maps on iOS and Android. To find an aerial view of a landmark on Google Maps, Google says to search for the landmark and head to the photos section.
Testing out this new feature, I went to my Google Maps app on my phone, for this example I typed Leaning Tower of Pisa, went to photos, and the first thing that appeared was a 30 second video, yes aerial view, from the landmark. This new feature therefore does not work like Street View where you, the user, can move around the area.
Bike directions for Google Maps have been available for about 12 years now. This new feature will allow cyclists to compare cycling routes and “see even more granular details (where such data is available)” for their ride. (Google hasn’t specified what those granular details are yet).
You will also be able to see the elevation on the route, as well as whether there are steep hills, stairs or heavy traffic along your route. The new feature will also give you a very detailed route breakdown so cyclists know if they are cycling on something like a main road or a local street. So you no longer have to pedal through unfamiliar streets.
This feature will be launched in a few weeks in hundreds of cities.
Location Sharing Notifications
Notifications will now be available for Google Maps, allowing users to be notified when the person sharing a location with you has left or arrived at a location. If someone shares their location with you, you can set up notifications for a certain address to see when they’ve arrived.
“We built this feature with privacy at the forefront. Notifications can only be set for someone who has already opted in to share their location with you. Moore wrote. “The person who shared their location with you will receive several reminders to let them know, including a push notification in the Maps app and an email, as well as recurring monthly emails. As always, you’re in control: you choose to stop sharing your location or prevent someone from setting notifications. »
Location sharing notifications on Google Maps have also started rolling out globally for iOS and Android.