Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Google Maps changes include AR directions, more

Google Maps changes include AR directions, more

It's these match scores that are the most interesting, since it's basically Google's own algorithms telling you how it thinks you'll like a particular place.

Finally, Google Maps is gaining new social features, including the ability for multiple users to vote on where to go for dinner. This number is meant to represent how well you might like a place based on a variety of information gathered by Google, including what you've rated and visited in the past, your drink and food preferences, and other variables.

Back to Google Maps and a new "For You" tab will attune business selections based on your interests. If you're anything like me, you'll punch in a direction on Maps and start walking, only to see the blue dot on your phone's screen is moving in the wrong direction.

Google has developed these new technologies to help you to find more to do, but what if you're going out in a group?

"You can also tell us about your food and drink preferences", she said, "so we'll know if you enjoy certain types of cuisines or restaurant types, like family friendly spots or places with live music". Google has thought of this and has added in Group Planning tools.

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Google also wants users to share their recommended dining experiences with their friends, so it is adding a feature that will allow users to long press any restaurant or location to add to a shortlist that they can share with their friends. They will also be able to get help with directions from a nifty fox.

In a demo at Google's I/O developer conference today (May 8), Google executives show how a phone's camera can use AR features to augment directions.

Google is also utilising VPS to take visual cues such as landmarks and features seen by the camera to improve navigation.

Both of these new features will be available on Android and iOS later this year. Google Maps say to go South on High Street, but how do you know which way is South, and if it is an unfamiliar location, how do you know which one is High Street?

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