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Google I/O 2023: Google Maps Gets AI-Powered Immersive Features

The features and tools are aimed at enhancing the user experience and enabling customization of map applications.

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is getting smarter and more helpful with a slew of new features powered by artificial intelligence, the company announced at its annual developer conference, I/O 2023. The features and tools are aimed at enhancing the user experience and enabling customization of map applications. Among the innovations is the Immersive View feature, which uses and computer vision to create a digital model of cities from existing Street View data, allowing users to plan their drives more effectively.

Google's announcement blog post emphasizes the transformative impact of AI on Maps, stating, “With advancements in AI, we're introducing a whole new way to understand your route before you head out”. As these features and developer tools are introduced, the company is eager to see the innovative experiences created by the developer community.

New Features in Google Maps

Live View: A new augmented reality mode that lets users see directions and information overlaid on their camera view. Users can also point their camera at a building or a landmark and get more details about it, such as its history, ratings, and opening hours.

Eco-friendly routes is  a new option that shows users the most fuel-efficient route to their destination, based on factors such as traffic, road incline, and weather. Users can also see the estimated carbon footprint of their trip and compare it with other modes of transportation.

Indoor maps is a new feature that provides detailed maps of indoor spaces, such as airports, malls, and stadiums. Users can see the layout of the building, find their gate or store, and even get turn-by-turn directions inside the building.

The new Tailored maps feature personalizes the map for each user, based on their preferences, interests, and habits. Users can see recommendations for places to eat, shop, and explore, as well as relevant information such as live busyness data, COVID-19 safety measures, and accessibility options.

Safer routing alerts users to potential hazards on the road, such as road closures, accidents, or weather conditions. Users can also see alternative routes and estimated delays.

Google said these features are designed to make Google Maps more useful and intuitive for users and more sustainable and inclusive for the planet and society. “We want to help people get where they need to go with confidence and ease”, said Dane Glasgow, vice president of product for Google Maps. “We're using AI to make Google Maps more than just a way to get from point A to point B. We're making it a way to discover new places, learn about the world, and reduce our environmental impact”.

36 Million Square Miles of Imagery

Glasgow also shared some statistics about how Google Maps has evolved over the years. He said Google Maps now covers more than 220 countries and territories, with over 36 million square miles of imagery. He said Google Maps has helped users navigate more than 1 trillion kilometers in the past year, equivalent to more than 1300 trips to the moon and back. He also said Google Maps has added more than 100 million new places in the past year, with over 200 million user contributions.

“These numbers are impressive, but they're not the end goal” Glasgow said. “Our goal is to make Google Maps a tool that helps people live better lives, whether they're commuting to work, exploring a new city, or staying close to home”

The new features will roll out globally in the coming weeks and months, depending on the availability of data and local regulations. Users can access them by updating their Google Maps app on or iOS .

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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