Google Maps Gets Improved Live View and Eco-Friendly Directions in Latest Update

Although live and aerial view has already been rolled out, environmentally friendly routing will be available to developers later this year.

Although live and aerial view has already been rolled out, environmentally friendly routing will be available to developers later this year.

Last week, Google announced that it would bring four new features to Google Maps. These updates, according to the company’s blog, will include features such as the addition of aerial views of more than 250 landmarks across the job, improvements to live view and nearby search, and the added an eco-friendly route for delivery and ride-sharing companies.

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Updates to nearby search or the “neighborhood vibe feature” will give users the ability to select a neighborhood and see the most popular locations. These will be represented by images directly in the Google Maps application. This will also include 250 photorealistic aerial views of world landmarks around the world. The addition of an aerial view is part of the immersive view that Google announced at its I/O event held earlier this year.

The immersive view will use predictive modeling to learn a place’s historical trends to provide users with the information they might need to plan their visit around those landmarks. In live view, updates will add live view search which will be used to find more information about areas around users. This information will include ATMs, cafes, grocery stores, transit stations. It will also include information such as opening hours and frequentation of a place at different times of the day.

Live View Search will initially roll out to cities like London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Tokyo in the coming months on Android and iOS.

Google also shared that its eco-friendly routing was recently launched in the US, Canada, and Europe. Green Routing, according to the company’s blog, helps users choose the most fuel-efficient routes using data from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the European Environment Agency. .

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The company also said the feature will allow delivery and drive-sharing service providers to measure fuel consumption and single-trip savings for a vehicle, as well as measure these metrics across their entire domains.

Additionally, the feature rolling out to developers later this year will allow them to select engine types to get more accurate fuel efficiency estimates.

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