According to a Thursday release, Google Maps is introducing several new capabilities and extending some of its current ones.
According to the business, artificial intelligence made it possible to improve the EV charging station function on Google Maps, provide more detailed visualizations, and make more targeted recommendations for nearby activities.
A large number of the new features make use of neural radiance fields, an AI subset that makes it possible to create 3D scenes out of 2D photographs. In a call with reporters, Chris Phillips, vice president and general manager of Google’s Geo division, stated, “AI has really supercharged the way we map,”
New Ways to Search for Things to Do
Additionally, Google Maps provides additional ways for users to look for things to do nearby. Users will now receive information with more specific details instead of the generic terms “things to do” in a particular location, which the business observed customers were inputting frequently.
Google Maps will return a classified list of nearby activities grouped by theme rather than a list of random activities. According to Google, if you look up activities to do in Tokyo, you’ll see results like “anime,” “cherry blossoms,” and “art exhibitions.” From there, you can refine your search even further.
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In an effort to reduce the likelihood that drivers will drive to an inoperative charging station, the firm is strengthening its EV charging station functionality this week by enabling consumers to see when a station was most recently used.
Although those are not brand-new features, the function also enables drivers to check the charger’s speed and compatibility with their vehicle. Miriam Daniel, VP and general manager at Google Maps, on the call:
“As we think about the future of navigation, we know that a big part of that future is electric,”
More in-depth Visualization Features
This week, Google Maps is adding 50 more cities to its Lens in Maps feature. Previously referred to as “Search with Live View,” this feature lets users scan adjacent buildings using the camera on their phone. The camera scans billions of images to extract relevant information about objects it sees, such as the business name and reviews.
Better navigational feature visualization will also be available on Google Maps. Google Maps stated in May that Immersive View would be coming to additional locations, such as Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Users can virtually follow a prearranged itinerary with it.
Google said that improved images of highways and buildings will be available for drivers to view while traveling in 12 countries in the upcoming months. Users in the United States will soon be able to determine whether the highways they are traveling on have carpool lanes. For more details see the Tweet below:
✨ new Google Maps updates coming soon ✨ pic.twitter.com/2IfuGbBQY1
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) October 26, 2023