Google Maps Gets An ‘Immersive View For Routes’ Feature

Google has announced an upgrade to its navigation features with Google Maps gaining Immersive View for Routes.

The feature is an expansion of the existing Immersive View feature that gives people a better in-depth preview of a location.

With this new change, that same view will be expanded to navigation to allow people to see a 3D version of their trip before they even take it.

The feature will be compatible with various types of routes including driving, cycling, and walking.

And as you’d imagine, the whole thing is powered by AI with Google noting that the feature will also show weather and air quality information.

Immersive View uses computer vision and AI to fuse billions of Street View and aerial images together to create a rich, digital model of the world. With this technology, you can see all the information you need about your route at once. When you get directions, you’ll see a multidimensional experience that lets you preview bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections and parking along your journey. With the time slider, you’ll see air quality information and how the route looks as the weather changes throughout the day, so you can be prepared with a jacket or sunscreen. And no matter what mode you take, AI and historical driving trends simulate how many cars might be on the road at a given time — because a route during a quiet afternoon can look very different during rush hour.

The new feature will roll out this summer with 15 cities supported by the end of the year including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo, Venice.

Google announced the new feature during the Google I/O event that also saw the Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel 7a announced.

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