Although Google Maps remains to be the go-to solutions for navigation, Google’s popular service still struggles with indoor navigation. Thankfully, it seems that Google is working on using the technology as the search engine giant has announced that the Google Maps will bring better indoor mapping moving forward.
When the feature becomes live, users will be able to launch the app, point their camera around and it’ll be able to pick up on signs and cues to help users to their destinations. The feature, called Indoor Live View, uses AI to scan Street View images that helps the app to understand your location better.
Google states, “Live View is powered by a technology called global localization, which uses AI to scan tens of billions of Street View images to understand your orientation. Thanks to new advancements that help us understand the precise altitude and placement of objects inside a building, we’re now able to bring Live View to some of the trickiest-to-navigate places indoors: airports, transit stations and malls.”
If you were looking forward to using the feature, you’ll be disappointed to know that the feature is going to be available on iOS and Android in certain malls located in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. Although Google plans on bringing the feature for other locations, the company hasn’t announced an expected timeline of release.