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AR-based search with Live View for Google Maps coming soon

Google announced augmented reality Maps-based Live View search last September, and the company is now ready to move forward with the update. However, the new functionality will be made available in select cities starting with Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo.

The feature works just like the current Live View that helps you navigate with the phone’s camera in real time. Live View will overlay arrows over your surroundings as well as pointing out landmarks or other places to look.

Using billions of Street View images, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, the new Live View search option gives you a better understanding of your surroundings. It shows shops, restaurants, banks, ATMs, etc., even if they are not in sight and close, for example. All you have to do is enable the camera on your phone in Maps and point in the direction you want to go.

The labels on these facilities now contain useful information such as busy hours, price range, rating, and of course whether or not they are open.

A new EV charging station option is also available allowing you to search for compatible stations and fast charging locations above 50kW.

Last but not least, Google is rolling out wheelchair accessible search globally as it was initially only available in Australia, Japan, the UK and the US.

All new features will be available starting next week for Android and iOS users.

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