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Last Updated : Feb 11, 2019 04:48 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Lost for directions? Google Maps working on a feature that will tell you where you are through your camera

Though Google is yet to announce the launch date of the AR feature, the report said that it will be launched 'only when Google is satisfied that it’s ready'.

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There’s no denying that Google Maps has made our lives easier, from tracing a route to exploring eateries and salons in a location, the navigation app does it all. However, there have been recurring complaints about the problems faced while aligning the blue dot to detect live location, right after opening the map.

To solve this, at Google's 2018 IO developer conference, the tech giant announced a new feature it is planning to introduce to address this glitch. The app may in future use a combination of AI and AR technologies, combined with your phone’s camera to aid in real-time location tracking.

More precisely, the new feature will access images from your phone's camera and location data to match your position through Google Street View.

With this added information, it will be able to plant visual cues (such as arrows) in the live camera view. This technology will also help it to locate landmarks and restaurants in the cities it is active in.

Though the new AR feature was announced back in mid-2018, it is not available with consumer devices yet.

As per The Wall Street Journal, that got early access to a phone with a basic version, a wider release is in the fray, but not before all aspects of the user interface are refined.

The current version of the new feature entails the users holding the camera up and pointing it to nearby points, and according to the report it took barely 'few seconds' to figure out the location 'with remarkable precision'.

Though Google is yet to announce the launch date of the AR feature, the report said that it will be launched 'only when Google is satisfied that it’s ready'.
First Published on Feb 11, 2019 04:47 pm
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