You can get around the popular tourist destinations directly from your phone. Google Maps has an Immersive View feature that will provide users with digitally rendered images of major US cityscapes.
According to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the new feature uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to combine Maps’ existing Street View function with aerial photography to create high-resolution models of different buildings and urban features of a particular location.
Google Maps introduces Immersive View
“With our captivating new look, you’ll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular place is like – and you’ll feel right there before you set foot in reality,” wrote Miriam Daniel, VP of Google Maps, in a blog post.
In addition, other Map tools and features can be applied to visualization, allowing users to see what the area looks like at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.
Immersive View will first be available in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year, and will be available in several cities. The company also notes that the recently launched eco-routing feature, which allows drivers in the US and Canada to choose the most fuel-efficient route for their journey, has already been used to travel 86 billion miles and has prevented the release of about half a million metric tons of carbon emissions.
Google is not the only company that makes its navigation systems more readable and easy to use. At WWDC 2021 in June last year, Apple released a more accurate version of Maps, providing additional details such as brighter road colors, clearer location labels, and hundreds of custom icons for local landmarks.