Google begins testing AR walking navigation for Maps


Augmented reality is coming to Google Maps.

At it’s I/O developer conference in May, the search giant announced that it was updating the app’s walking navigation feature, so you could use your phone’s camera and arrows on the screen to help you find your way.

Google on Sunday said it was beginning to test the feature with a small group of users, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The company also announced in May that Maps would integrate with Google Lens, the company’s visual search tool, to show you information about the businesses around you, again through your phone’s camera.

The AR navigation announcement comes as Google has been revamping Maps, which has more than 1 billion users, with more capabilities. At the company’s I/O developer conference in May, Google announced features to make the app more social, like a ‘for you’ tab that gives you tailored recommendations, and a ‘match score’ to tell you how much you might like a restaurant or business.

Google Maps has also been expanding its partnerships. In December, Google announced it was teaming up with the electric scooter company Lime to show you where the nearest scooter is. 

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