By Jon Fingas
Google’s 3D “immersive view” isn’t fully prepared, however you will get a glimpse of it beginning at the moment. The corporate is rolling out updates to Google Maps for Android and iOS that introduce aerial views of near 100 well-known landmarks, together with Alcatraz in San Francisco, Massive Ben in London and the Empire State Constructing in New York Metropolis. The characteristic melds AI with billions of photos (together with satellite tv for pc and Avenue View photographs) to create reasonable 3D views. Google pitches this as a preview instrument for vacationers, but it surely’s additionally a helpful strategy to fulfill your curiosity with out reserving a flight.
Aerial views are accessible to customers worldwide. If one is accessible, you simply should discover a landmark in Google Maps and go to the Images part.
There’s additionally a pair of extra typical however very sensible upgrades. Google is upgrading Maps’ biking navigation with extra detailed routing data, together with heavy automobile visitors, stairs, steep hills and street sorts (comparable to a serious thoroughfare versus a facet avenue). You’ll even have a better time evaluating routes. The biking upgrades will attain “tons of” of cities within the weeks forward.
On prime of this, there are new location sharing notifications that allow you to know when a pal arrives at (or leaves) a given place. This might show you how to discover out when fellow concert-goers have reached the venue, for example. The notifications solely kick in for individuals who’ve already agreed to share their areas, and Google guarantees app and electronic mail notifications to make sure individuals don’t depart sharing enabled any longer than crucial.
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