AR walking nav comes to iPhone & more Android devices in Google Maps

I’ve been collaborating with these folks for a few months & am incredibly excited about this feature:

With a beta feature called Live View, you can use augmented reality (AR) to better see which way to walk. Arrows and directions are placed in the real world to guide your way. We’ve tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.

Like the Dos Equis guy, “I don’t always use augmented reality—but when I do, I navigate in Google Maps.” We’ll look back at these first little steps (no pun intended) as foundational to a pretty amazing new world.


One thought on “AR walking nav comes to iPhone & more Android devices in Google Maps

  1. This looks very promising. One of the few issues I have with using GMaps navigating a big city is the “subway problem” – when you get out of a subway, which direction do you go? A few times visiting Manhattan a couple years ago, we’d walk a block or two the wrong direction before realizing our mistake.

    Of course, another solution is just paint a little “North” marker on the ground at each subway exit door. Got any graffiti artists on speed dial?

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