Google Maps reveals three new features, two of which are rolling out now

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google released a blog post today explaining how three updates are coming to Google Maps just in time for the warmer months. As the Mountain View gang wrote, “If you’re feeling extra inspired — and excited — during the warmer months to get outside and explore with friends, Google Maps can help you coordinate the way you plan and this summer Whether you’re checking out the top sights in a new city, planning to hop on your bike, or hang out with friends in the city, these updates will help you along.”

Three new features are coming to Google Maps, two of which are now rolling out

To help you plan your summer vacations, Google Maps adds what it calls “photorealistic aerial views of nearly 100 of the world’s most popular landmarks in cities like Barcelona, ​​London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.” This is the first step, Google says, towards launching Immersive View, which combines AI with Street View, aerial and satellite imagery.

Google previously wrote about Immersive View in May and explained how it allows users to “fly” over an area to see what it looks like at different times of the day. You can then “slide” to street level and “peep” into bars and restaurants to check out the atmosphere inside. It’s an exciting new technology that Google is bringing to its iconic app.
Google says cycling is up 40% globally, which is no surprise given the warmer weather and higher gas prices. For more than 12 years, Google Maps has provided users with cycling directions based on data from cities combined with AI. With the new cycling route information from Google Maps you can compare different paths with each other. The data shows you the height of the road or path along your route and you also know in advance whether you will encounter heavy car traffic, stairs or steep hills.

Location sharing notifications are great for people planning to meet others at a stadium, theater, restaurant or store

The third and final of the three new updates deals with location sharing notifications. Google explains how this works with a realistic scenario. “Suppose you’re going to a concert with a group of friends. If they’ve already chosen to share their location with you, you can set up a notification for the address of the concert location so you can see when they’ve arrived and meet you. You can also set a notification to see when they’ve left the location, in case you break up.”

To protect user privacy, these notifications can only be set for those who have agreed to share their location with you. As Google said, “The person who shared their location with you will receive multiple reminders to let them know, including both a push notification in the Maps app and an email, along with recurring monthly emails. As always you’re in control: you choose to stop sharing your location or block someone from setting up notifications altogether.”

Two of the three new features are now rolling out in the iOS and Android versions of the Google Maps app. Those are the aerial photos of landmarks and the location sharing notifications. The cycling route information will be rolled out in a few weeks in the hundreds of cities where cycling route descriptions are available.

Google Maps is the default map and navigation app on Android and while Apple has its own Apple Maps app, Google Maps can be installed from the App Store for the iPhone. If for some reason you don’t have the app on your Android device, you can download it from the Google Play Store by clicking this link.

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