Earlier this month, Google gave the first demonstration of AR navigation in Maps for Android and announced that local guides will be the first users to access. Google this week now reach out to local guides on both Android and iOS.
Google Maps AR navigation overlays driving directions and business listings across a live camera view. It is aimed at handling how GPS is notoriously inaccurate in urban environments by turning the camera into another sensor as part of a Visual Positioning Service (VPS).
While the first demos and technical details were delivered this month, Google clearly emphasizes that more testing is needed and does not commit to wider availability. The company is previewed by local guides who are productive reviewers in Google Maps, and often add photos, answer questions, or repair listings.
This week, Google began reaching out to some local "early access" tutorials. The program has a
Emails Shared with 9to5Google Notice how this early access is currently meant for a "selection of local guides" with Google Wanting direct feedback on how to improve AR navigation. In particular, Google will simultaneously test the feature on both Android and iOS. As part of this beta, an "ARCore or ARKit supported smartphone" is required. Earlier this month, the company only showed demos of AR in Google Maps for Android.
Featured members are told to update to the latest version of the Google Maps app and search for a location. It appears that this feature is enabled by a server-side update to the selected accounts. Meanwhile, an APK Insight of Google Maps shows 1
Google Maps 10.11:
Introduction of AR
See driving directions in the real world
Entries will include a "Start AR" button to start mode and camera view . Google in the email this week warned that "the consumption of battery and mobile data will be higher" in magnified reality, and to "keep your surroundings in mind."
While using AR, battery and mobile data usage will be higher than a traditional 2D navigation experience. Remember also to be aware of your surroundings.
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