Google Maps is receiving a slew of new tools, including a new method for indoor navigation and tips for environmentally safe driving roads. However, the features released today aren’t all available at the same time; many aren’t yet available, and it’s unknown when others will be in some parts of the world.
One of the most significant developments is that Google’s Live View virtual reality directions will be available in airports, bus stations, and shopping malls. Live View directions encourage you to bring your phone close to your face, point your camera at the world around you, and see arrows and icons pointing you in the right direction; they previously only operated outside.
Unfortunately, these indoor AR directions aren’t yet widely accessible: they’re currently only available in a few malls in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. In the coming months, Google will carry out indoor Live View directions in select Tokyo and Zurich transit stations, airports, and malls, with more cities “on the way,” according to the firm.
On Android and iOS, Google plans to revamp the gui for choosing the mode of transportation for directions. Usually, you must turn between tabs to see more details on various modes of transportation; but, with this new GUI, you can merely wipe down a list. According to the firm, Maps will be able to prioritize your preferred modes and prioritize those that are common in specific cities (for example, the subway in New York City). In the coming months, this new interface will be carried out worldwide.
Google is now introducing a new form of a driving route that is designed for lower fuel usage, in addition to the directions interface. Google Maps can switch to the fuel-efficient route if the eco-friendly route and the shortest route to a place have around the same ETA, but you can change this in settings if you’d like. These new fuel-efficient routes will be available on Android and iOS in the United States later this year, and internationally at an unspecified point in the future.
The fuel-efficient roads aren’t the only environmentally conscious improvements to Google Maps: the organization now plans to incorporate warnings that will warn you where you’ll be traveling into low-emission areas, which prevent any cars with certain amounts of pollution from accessing. These alerts will be available on Android and iOS in June in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom, according to Google. According to Google, more countries will get warnings in the near future.
Google is now developing new weather and air quality map layers, which will be available on Android and iOS in the coming months. Google aims to roll out the weather layer internationally first, followed by the air quality layer in Australia, India, and the United States.
This summer, Google plans to try a new supermarket pickup tool with a few Fred Meyer locations in Portland, Oregon, owned by Kroger. The tool uses Google Maps to share your location and predicted arrival time with the store so that your shopping order is ready when you arrive.