Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

May 09, 2018, 00:35
Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

So if you're exhausted of sorting through all those 4-star options, soon you can just go with your machine-based match.

Google revealed For You at its I/O 2018 developer conference with an example that showed a recommendation for a new cafe alongside reviews and a news link related to the cafe's opening.

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In Maps, Google will begin adding in the "For You" tab to the Maps UI.

If you find yourself futzing around trying to orient yourself coming out of a subway exit and your GPS is just not doing it for you, Google Maps will use visual positioning through your camera's vision to identify businesses and get a more accurate sense of direction. This number is meant to represent how well you might like a place based on a variety of information gathered by Google, including what you've rated and visited in the past, your drink and food preferences, and other variables. The For You tab is created to surface information about new places that open up, or a "surprise pop-up from your favourite chef" and more using information from local experts, Google's algorithms, and trusted publishers. Google has thought of this and has added in Group Planning tools. A user long-presses on any place on Maps to add it to the list, and then they can share it on any platform and let friends add places to the list. A "Your Match" score will differentiate from the typical star ratings based on said interests. In the new camera interface, users will be able to tell precisely where they are and where they need to go.

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Instead of a top-down map, users will be able to see the street in front of them through the camera, with an AR overlay arrow pointing the direction and distance.

The company describes this as a way for Maps to become more "assistive and personal", making it easier to figure out what to do and where to go.

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Places will have an automatic "match" score that shows Google's best guess as to how much you'll enjoy them as a percentage.

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