cGoogle announced AR-based Live View search for Maps back in September. Now the new feature seems to be almost ready. The new feature update is initially only available in selected cities. These include Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. AR live view works just like current live view which helps to navigate by phone camera in real time. Live View mode lays arrows over the environment, pointing to landmarks or other places to look for.
With billions of Street View images, AI and AR, the new Live View search allows a much better overview of the surroundings. It shows shops, restaurants, banks, ATMs and much more, even if they are not in sight. All you have to do is activate the phone camera in Maps and point it in the desired direction.
The descriptions on the displayed places now contain useful information such as opening hours, the price range, reviews and of course the opening hours. A new EV charging station option is also available, which can even search for compatible stations and fast charging points over 50kW.
Last but not least, Google introduces wheelchair-accessible search worldwide. Originally this was only available in Australia, Japan, Great Britain and the USA. All new features will be rolled out to both Android and iOS users starting next week.