Google Maps Gets Smarter in India: AI-Powered Features Enhance Navigation and Exploration

Google Maps Gets Smarter in India: AI-Powered Features Enhance Navigation and Exploration
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Gone are the days of squinting at maps and struggling to find your way around. Google Maps is getting a major upgrade in India, with a suite of new AI-powered features designed to make navigating and exploring your surroundings easier and more intuitive than ever before. From identifying landmarks with a glance to walking directions overlaid on your live view, Google Maps is putting the power of AI at your fingertips.

Announcing these features, Miriam Daniel, VP and GM of Google Maps, said, “Our goal with Google Maps has always been to organize information about the real-world and make it accessible and useful for everyone. And along this journey, AI has supercharged the way we map for nearly a decade, enabling us to build a comprehensive, up-to-date, and helpful map that’s at the foundation of everything we do.”

Google Maps’ Lens Integration: See it, Know it

Say goodbye to the frustration of searching for restaurants or cafes by name. With Lens integration, Google Maps now lets you simply point your phone’s camera down the street. The AI will instantly recognize the establishment in your view, providing you with its name, ratings, and even reviews. No more typing or struggling to remember the exact name – just point and explore!

Live View Walking Navigation: Walk with Confidence

Getting lost while walking is a thing of the past with Live View walking navigation. This feature overlays arrows and directions right onto your live camera view, guiding you step-by-step along your chosen route. Whether you’re navigating a bustling market or a winding alleyway, Live View keeps you on track, ensuring you reach your destination without a wrong turn.

Address Descriptors: Know Your Surroundings

Sharing a location just got more informative with Address Descriptors. This feature automatically identifies nearby landmarks and area names, adding context and detail to shared locations. No more sending vague pins or generic directions – Address Descriptors give your recipient a clear understanding of where you are and what’s around you.

These are just a few of the exciting new AI-powered features that Google Maps is bringing to India. With its focus on making navigation and exploration more seamless and intuitive, Google Maps is poised to revolutionize the way we experience our surroundings. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a local explorer, these new features promise to make every journey a breeze.

Additional features encompass fuel-efficient routing options that may propose environmentally friendly alternative routes, leading to a potential reduction in CO2 emissions. Furthermore, Google has unveiled the extension of the Where Is My Train app to include Mumbai and Kolkata Local Trains, with plans for further expansion to cover additional cities in the future.

So, the next time you’re in India, be sure to open up Google Maps and experience the power of AI. With its smarter features and intuitive interface, Google Maps is your one-stop shop for getting around and discovering the hidden gems that India has to offer.

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Source(s): Hindustan Times

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