The Google Maps AR navigation feature is currently being tested

You may recall that at last year's Google I / O Developer Conference, the company announced a new feature for Google Maps that would improve the navigation of the app for hikers. If you use augmented reality and the rear camera (s) on your phone, the app will show you in real time where you are. Arrows on the screen indicate where to go. Wanderers' AR navigation is currently being tested by local guides who are constantly using and reviewing the app.
According to the Wall Street Journal, who was able to test the feature while searching for coffee shops and selecting one, a new "Start AR" button was discovered. When pressed, the app quickly switches to a live view and prompts the user of the phone to move the camera to lock in place. Once Google Maps knew exactly where the user was, the app adjusts the view from the camera to the Street View information stored on Google's servers. If you follow the hard-to-miss big arrows, the user and his legs will reach the right destination.

Google says the AR function should not be used while driving. The Googler, who directs the project, Rachel Inman, says that the Google Maps AR navigation "for the moments like" I go from the subway, where do I go first? "" And if you use the phone AR mode will be disabled for one second to show the default Google Maps interface. To prevent users paying too much attention to the screen in front of them and having an accident, Google Maps reminds them to turn off the phone. If the user ignores this notice, the screen automatically darkens. This also prevents the battery from being discharged on a user's phone.

It may take some time for Google to say that AR navigation is ready for the main time. Once that's the case, those who need Google Maps for directions will enter a new world where they'll get information about the places they're passing. If you're traveling to a foreign country on foot, you can use the AR navigation feature with Google Translate to read signs in their main language.