If you’ve recently traveled to a new city, there’s a good chance you’ve used maps to plan your trip. Google wants to simplify this process. In the coming months, you can expect Google to expand the availability of its 3D Immersive View feature. Starting today, you can use Maps to see photorealistic aerial views of more than 250 global landmarks, including Tokyo Tower and the Acropolis of Athens.
In Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo, it’s also possible to preview where Google plans to roll out the feature in the coming months and years. In these cities, Immersive View includes a timeline feature that lets you see a simulation of what a popular landmark will look like at a specific time of day. In addition, Immersive View works in conjunction with Street View, allowing you to explore nearby restaurants and shops. The idea here is to take the guesswork out of planning where to visit popular landmarks and tourist destinations.
Live View will also be getting an upgrade soon. In LA, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, Google is adding a search function to the augmented reality feature. Now when you’re looking for an ATM, a restroom, or somewhere to sit down and eat, you can use Live View to point you in the right direction. Android and iOS users can expect the updated feature to roll out to their devices in the coming months. Finally, Google announced today that it is making its green routing feature available to third-party developers. That should allow companies like Uber and Lyft to add the technology to their apps and help their drivers reduce emissions.
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