When we go on a trip, to find the restaurant where we have met or to find out if there is a nearby gas station open, most users turn to Google Maps. And this virtual map is full of extra functions and tools that make it a much more complete platform than a simple map.
Without a doubt, one of the keys to the success of Google Maps is that this app is constantly being updated to introduce new tools and functions that improve the user experience. And as it could not be otherwise, in the last year, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) does not go unnoticed by anyone, and having its own technology, The company has been integrating it into its different services, including Maps.
Bard is Google’s own AI, and despite reaching users a few months later than ChatGPT, it has emerged as good competition for this chatbot. AI makes our lives easier and speeds up many tasks, and its benefits can also be used when traveling or simply getting to the downtown store you are looking for.
Where has AI been introduced?
As the company announced during this year’s I/O, they have already introduced new features on the map powered by AI. For example, one of the most notable is the Immersive View for routes whether on foot, by bike or by car.
Available for now in just a few cities, but with the intention of reaching everywhere Google Maps can reach, this immersive view allows you see each point of the route that you have to do as if you were thereYes, an ideal way for those people who find it difficult to understand a map and its directions.
In turn, you can establish iDetailed visual indications of each turn, and use the “time and time” slider to plan your departure time based on information relevant to your route and thus avoid traffic.
Another novelty related to AI is the arrival of Google Lens to Mapswhere now by turning on the camera the AI will indicate with arrows and other signs the direction to follow to reach your destinationthis way you don’t have to interpret or turn your phone to know if you are doing well.
At the same time, Lens offers just by focusing the camera, information about the buildings around you, For example, if it is a restaurant, just pointing at it will give you all the information that you usually find in Maps about the establishments.
AI integrated into Google Maps too offers information on autonomy and charging points for those users who travel with electric vehicless and do not feel the so-called “load anxiety.” Like this tool swill be able to “propose plans” and show you places and places where you can try them for those days when you want to do something, but you don’t know exactly what. It is also perfect for when you go on a trip and want to discover different activities that you can find in the city or town where you are.