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How To Navigate With The AR Mode In Google Maps To Find Your Way

From there, if you hold your phone in front of you, you'll see a camera view at the top of the screen and a traditional map at the bottom. When you approach a turn, the phone will vibrate and there will be arrows on the screen to guide your way. The idea isn't to hold your phone in front of you the entire time -- that could be dangerous -- but at only select parts of your route: at the beginning of the trip to orient yourself, to confirm a turn, or to find the entrance of a building. In fact, if you're in AR mode for too long, a warning will pop up on your phone telling you to put it down. When you get to your destination, you'll see a big red pin on the camera screen.

How to navigate with the AR mode in Google Maps to find your way


If you want to interact with Maps while you're driving, you don't want to actually take your eyes off the road. With "OK Google" voice commands(Opens in a new window) in the Google Maps Android app, you don't have to. For example, if you notice you're running low on gas, say "OK Google, find gas stations," and it will show gas stations on the map (which you can look at when you've come to a red light or have pulled over). You can also ask for things like "What's my next turn," "What's my ETA," or "How's traffic ahead?" On Android, just set up Google Assistant and you're good to go. On iOS (pictured above), you tap the microphone icon on the top right, at which point you can ask your questions via voice.

See that little yellow person in the bottom right-hand corner? That's "Peg Man" (or alternatively "the pegman"). You can pick little peggy up and drop him anywhere on maps and be thrown into that location's Street View. Once in Street View mode, he will be oriented with the current view in the embedded map window in the bottom left-hand corner.

Ride-sharing services are a big part of the modern transportation mix, so Google added ride options from companies such as Lyft to its mobile app. Once you enter your destination, click the icon of the little figure attempting to hail a taxi or the mass transit option. You'll then be presented with nearby rideshare options along with the estimated time and fare. Then tap Open App to book your ride.

Google maintains a very detailed record of your digital activities. If you'd rather it lose your Maps data, you can erase it on desktop or mobile. On a desktop, go to in a new window). Click the hamburger menu and select Your Data in Maps. You'll end up on a Google-wide Controls page, where you can go to Location History > See & Delete Activity. You'll get a map with a timeline of your activity. On the bottom right of the map, you can click the trash can icon to permanently delete all of your location history.

For a quick way to poke around Google Maps without leaving any obvious footprints, go incognito. With this enabled, Google Maps won't save your browser or search history in your account, or send notifications. Your searches or movement won't be added to location history or shared location. And Google won't use your activity while in Incognito Mode to personalize Maps. It has its advantages if you want to peep a location without having it tangled up with your search history, but just like on web browsers, it doesn't make you invisible on the app. To turn it on, tap your avatar and select Turn on Incognito mode; the incognito icon will appear in the search bar. Tap it and select Turn off Incognito mode to switch it off.

The makeup of cars on the road is changing, and Google Maps is changing with it. You can now search "EV charging" or "EV charging station" in Google Maps to find the nearest locations to charge up your electric vehicle(Opens in a new window).

Google Maps lets you share some of your favorite places with a friend; just tap the share icon on the location's Google Maps card to send it to them via text, email, or your app of choice. And you can save favorite places by tapping the Save icon; they'll show up in the Saved option in the menu bar. But if you want to share more than one location, you can create a Pinterest-like list within Google Maps. When you save a favorite place, tap New List to create a new collection (like "Favorite Thai places in Brooklyn") or add it to an existing one. You'll find them in the Saved tab under Your lists; tap the three-dot menu and then Share List to send a link to friends.

Apple Maps introduces a new way to navigate cities with a visually stunning 3D map that offers unprecedented detail for neighborhoods, commercial districts, marinas, buildings, and more. Now users can see elevation details across a city, new road labels, and hundreds of custom-designed landmarks like Coit Tower in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in LA, the Statue of Liberty in NYC, and the Royal Albert Hall in London, with more to come. A beautiful nighttime mode with a moonlit glow activates at dusk. The city map experience is now available in London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, and later this year, it will be available in Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. Support for additional cities, including Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, will be available next year.

The updated Live View AR feature, which overlays digital guides on top of the real world to provide directions as you look through your phone's display, now works indoors. So, say you're in an airport and need to find your gate or an ATM. You search for what you're looking for in Google Maps and markers will guide you with arrows and other digital indicators.

This announcement is made in Google I/O 2018, and it is finally rolled out in the Google maps app. This model is currently available only to the pixel phone. This includes the newly launched Pixel 3a. You have to update your Google maps app to receive this feature. Your Google Map has to be on Version 10.15 or a later version. you can check your Google Maps version from Settings -> About, terms, and Privacy options. This AR feature is available in the Pixel phone and it works only in outdoors, and it is not available in India.

Moovit takes the same concept from mobile app Snapchat in that it takes whatever you point your camera at and adds wayfinders to help you navigate. So if you're mapping out a route to get on the bus, the bus stop will be highlighted with an arrow above it.

In the Moovit app, you tap the navigate button and get live directions. A blue Way Finder button will come up in response. Simply tap it and then hold up your phone to show the IRL environment around you. Way Finder will populate with important stops in your path. It's like reality, but with some helpful clues sprinkled in.

This will send a link to your route which you can save to a note-taking app. Then the route will always be available on your phone with a single tap. Hitting it will open Google Maps with the entire route ready to navigate.

With AR mode there is no mistaking which direction you should walk. Big, bold arrows and text appear to float in your view. The bottom of the screen shows a live view of the map. Google is testing this with local guides right now and they hope to get feedback to improve it in the future. We have no idea when this will be ready for consumers, but we can't wait.

To access AR, you open Google Maps and choose a location to navigate to. Next to the usual "start" button there's a new option that says "start AR". Hitting it splits the screen, with the map view below and your camera feed up top, and you're asked to point the camera over the road to the opposite side of the street. After one or two seconds of scanning, the app confirms that it knows where you are.

Once confirmed, a set of big blue arrows appears over the road in front of you, letting you know in which direction you should head off. This is the single most useful part of the new feature. When finding your way around an unfamiliar place, the biggest problem with Maps navigation (unless you possess a perfect internal compass) is working out whether you need to set off in one direction or the other. And GPS can be slow to update, meaning you can go in the wrong direction a decent way before realising you need to turn back. AR solves this instantly.

To access AR, you open Google Maps and choose a location to navigate to. Next to the usual \\\"start\\\" button there's a new option that says \\\"start AR\\\". Hitting it splits the screen, with the map view below and your camera feed up top, and you're asked to point the camera over the road to the opposite side of the street. After one or two seconds of scanning, the app confirms that it knows where you are.

The SmartTag uses Bluetooth 5.0 and is discoverable within a 120m radius. If you lose the case with the tracker, you can find it by tapping on Ring from the SmartThings app on your smartphone, and it will play a beeping sound.

Speaker 1: For thousands of years, humans have found new and novel ways to navigate, using the stars, following landmarks and trail markers, and making it easier for later travelers to find their way. The maps they've created were carved into stone, drawn onto paper. And now we've got GPS instead of sextants and apps instead of atlases.

Speaker 1: I can find my way around almost anywhere with a few taps on my smartphone. We've come a long way from paper and stone, but what will the next generation of maps look like, and how will we navigate as the internet becomes even more deeply entwined with our day-to-day lives?


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