Google unveiled extended, reality-oriented navigation in Maps last year, and now is the time to introduce the feature. However, this is at a very limited price. The Google Maps AR navigation is currently only tested with local guides. These are community reviewers who provide information about places and points of interest listed in Maps.
Google has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it only provides this functionality Local Guide First. It feels that the feature requires more testing before it can be available to all users. However, this shows that Google has made significant progress in developing this feature, so it will not be too long before it becomes available to all.
The way it works is that Google Maps estimates the user's location using GPS and then turns to the camera for a more accurate idea of the location. Then, 3D arrows are displayed over the places the user needs to turn. The AR function is intended only for navigation while walking.
Google has implemented some safeguards to ensure that users do not constantly use AR navigation without monitoring where they are going. If the user holds the phone in AR mode for a long time, the app will ping to lower the device and darken the screen if it does not. This would help to avoid embarrassing cases where people collide.
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