Google Maps just got another update

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In an announcement on Thursday, Google Maps revealed several new capabilities and expanded its current ones.

According to the business, artificial intelligence made it possible to improve the EV charging station function on Google Maps, provide more detailed visualizations, and make more targeted recommendations for nearby activities. Neural radiance fields, an AI subset that enables the utilization of 2D photos to create 3D scenes, are used in many of the new features.

In a call with reporters, Chris Phillips, vice president and general manager of Google’s Geo division, stated, “AI has really supercharged the way we map.”

New ways to search for things to do

Additionally, Google Maps is providing additional ways for users to look for things to do nearby. Users will now receive information with more specific details instead of the generic terms “things to do” in a particular location, which the business observed customers were inputting frequently.

Google Maps will return a classified list of nearby activities grouped by theme rather than a list of random activities. According to Google, if you look up activities to do in Tokyo, you’ll see results like “anime,” “cherry blossoms,” and “art exhibitions.” From there, you can refine your search even further.

More on EV

This week, the firm is improving its EV charging station feature, letting drivers know when a station was last used. This will reduce the likelihood that they may go to a non-working station.

Though those are not brand-new features, the function also enables drivers to check the charger’s speed and compatibility with their vehicle.

We recognize that a significant portion of the navigation landscape of the future is electric, stated Google Maps Vice President and General Manager Miriam Daniel on the call.

More in-depth visualization features

This week, Google Maps is adding 50 more cities to its Lens in Maps feature. Previously referred to as “Search with Live View,” this feature lets users scan adjacent buildings using the camera on their phone. The camera scans billions of images to extract relevant information about objects it sees, such as the business name and reviews.

Better navigational feature visualization will also be available on Google Maps. Google Maps stated in May that Immersive View would be coming to additional locations, such as Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Users can virtually follow a prearranged itinerary with it.

Google said that improved images of highways and buildings will be available for drivers to view while traveling in 12 countries in the upcoming months. Users in the United States will soon be able to determine whether the highways they are traveling on have carpool lanes.

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