Google used its Tuesday I/O keynote to unveil a reasonably killer new function that will in the future come to Google Maps: camera-assisted strolling navigation.

“This is the way it might—will appear like,” Google VP Aparna Chennapragada advised the I/O crowd when unveiling a pattern interface that mixes Google Maps’ 2D interface with the view out of your smartphone’s digital camera lens. A small semisphere of map knowledge appeared on the backside of the interface, whereas the digital camera perspective included daring pictures of the place to show and go—and floating panels that present details about companies in your direct view.

Chennapragada provided nothing in the best way of a launch date.

Enlarge / A visible illustration of Google’s “VPS” system as perceived by a smartphone digital camera.

Ron Amadeo

“GPS alone would not minimize it,” Chennapragada stated when describing how this camera-powered mode would possibly work. She used that immediate to unveil a Google initiative dubbed the visible positioning system (VPS). It will probably “estimate exact positioning and orientation” primarily based on pictures gathered by a person’s smartphone.

This Maps prototype follows Fb’s early-2017 reveal of the same initiative meant to finally run inside the Fb smartphone app. Fb’s imaginative and prescient additionally contains textual content highlights in a person’s area of view with business-related suggestions, together with associates’ notes, suggestions, and graffiti.

Itemizing picture by Google

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