Google today announced some updates to Live View,media reported. Live View is a walking guide to augmented reality that Google’s app officially launched last year. Live View makes it a good navigation supplement by using the user’s phone’s camera and GPS to tell them exactly where to go. Now, Google has entered new features, including the called Live View from Google Maps’ transit tab when users travel with multiple modes of transportation.
Until now, Live View was only relevant when users asked where to walk.
Google Maps can now also identify landmarks around users, providing them with better guidance and a clearer idea of where they are in the city.
The Empire State Building in New York, for example.
These new landmarks will appear in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Vienna, and will be added later.
If you use Live View frequently, you’ll know that the actual location of the pin sometimes closes in this mode. In mountainous areas, for example, pins usually hover over the user’s destination. Now, Google promises to solve this problem by combining machine learning with better topographic maps to put pin exactly where it should be.
Another new feature is live View in conjunction with Location Sharing on Google Maps. So when a friend shares their location with a user, the user can also see their exact location in Live View and get directions to meet them.