Google Maps gets major makeover! Sundar Pichai reveals new features; here is what you get | Tech News

Google Maps gets major makeover! Sundar Pichai reveals new features; here is what you get

In a major announcement at the Google I/O 2023 developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai has rolled out massive new features for Google Maps, thereby ensuring a transformative experience for users worldwide.

| Updated on: May 11 2023, 09:49 IST
Use Google Maps offline! Know what you need to do
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1/6 When you have to travel to a new place or any place where you have never been before, or want to know the directions of any area, building, among others, the most common app that you can rely on for the same is Google Maps. Google Maps is one of the most prominent and widely used applications for locating and reaching places you want to visit or are travelling to. (Reuters)
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2/6 However, you will need an internet connection to run the same. But as per the information provided by Google's support page, if you are travelling by a car you can use Google Maps offline too for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Google Maps offline can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current location and travel patterns. It can be noted that it is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan. Also, this feature is not available in all languages and countries/regions. You will be notified if you are outside the area covered by your Google Maps offline. (Google Maps Twitter)
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4/6 Google Maps provides data via Vehicle Map Service (VMS) to support safety-related driver assistance features in cars, like road sign integration and adaptive cruise control. These safety features rely on offline map data. To ensure that map data is always available, turn on “auto-download” in the Privacy Center. (REUTERS)
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5/6 In order to turn on auto-download in the Privacy Center open the Google Maps app. At the bottom, tap Settings then click on Privacy Center and then Offline maps. Select Auto-download offline maps. You need to make sure you have an internet connection and wait for your offline map download to finish. It can be known that if you turn off auto-download, already downloaded maps will remain saved, but no new maps will be automatically downloaded. (Unsplash)
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6/6 Now in order to manage offline maps, on your car, under "Offline maps," your offline maps will show: Auto-downloaded maps based on your car’s movements, if you have turned on auto-download before. (Google)
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Google Maps unveils cutting-edge upgrades at Google I/O 2023 (Google)

In a major announcement at the Google I/O 2023 developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai has rolled out massive new features for Google Maps, thereby ensuring a transformative experience for users worldwide. The immersive and live view application has received a significant overhaul, introducing new features and improvements that promise to enhance the user experience like never before. Pichai took to the stage to address a captivated audience of developers, tech enthusiasts, and journalists, detailing the key advancements that will reshape the way we navigate the world.

During his keynote speech, Pichai highlighted the importance of Google Maps as an essential tool for billions of people worldwide. He emphasised the company's commitment to continually improving the platform, ensuring that it remains the go-to application for accurate mapping and real-time navigation.

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What are the major features Google Maps gets with the latest update?

One of the most prominent updates to Google Maps is the features like search with Live View and Immersive View for places. Now with Immersive View for routes, you can visualise every segment of a route before you go — whether you're driving, walking or cycling.

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How Does Immersive View Feature Work?

Immersive View uses computer vision and AI to fuse billions of Street View and aerial images to create a rich, digital model of the world. With this technology, you can see all the information you need about your route at once. When you get directions, you'll see a multidimensional experience that lets you preview bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections and parking along your journey. With the time slider, you'll see air quality information and how the route looks as the weather changes throughout the day, so you can be prepared with a jacket or sunscreen.

And no matter what mode you take, AI and historical driving trends simulate how many cars might be on the road at a given time — because a route during a quiet afternoon can look very different during rush hour. This immersive experience promises to eliminate confusion and make exploring new places more intuitive.

Aerial View API

Google Maps also unveiled its latest update: the Aerial View API. This cutting-edge technology allows developers to seamlessly integrate immersive 3D birds-eye videos of points of interest into their applications, providing users with enhanced visual information about a particular location.

As the Aerial View API enters its preview phase, developers worldwide eagerly anticipate the full release. Google Maps continues to push the boundaries of mapping technology, empowering developers to create innovative applications that revolutionise the way we navigate and explore our world.

Key takeaways

In short, the upgraded version of Google Maps will be gradually rolled out to users in the coming weeks, with availability varying based on regions. As people eagerly anticipate experiencing the new features firsthand, it is evident that Google Maps is evolving into a more dynamic and indispensable tool for modern navigation anywhere in the world.

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First Published Date: 11 May, 09:49 IST

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