Google Maps has announced three important new features. The first feature is Immersive View for Routes, which was announced at Google I/O and is now available for use. It allows users to preview the environment of a route in a lifelike 3D view before traveling. It’s like flying a drone to explore the route before actually driving. Additionally, it can simulate different times of day or weather conditions, such as evening, nighttime, or rainy weather.
This feature is currently limited to select cities, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tokyo, and Venice.
Another feature, Lens in Maps, is a rebranding of Live View (previously known as Google Maps AR). In the search bar of Google Maps, there will now be a new icon similar to Google Lens. When clicked, it activates the AR mode, allowing users to point their mobile devices and see the desired destination overlaid with the real world.
Google also mentioned that Lens in Maps will be available in over 50 additional cities worldwide, including Austin, Las Vegas, Rome, São Paulo, and Taipei.
The third feature, Charging Stations, enhances the search for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. It provides details such as compatibility with our vehicle, charging speeds for different types of charging ports, and the last reported status of each charging port. If a charging port has been out of service for too long, users can avoid wasting time by selecting a different location.
TLDR: Google Maps introduces three important new features. Immersive View for Routes allows users to explore routes in a 3D view and simulate different times or weather conditions. Lens in Maps enables an augmented reality view of destinations. Charging Stations provides details on EV charging stations, including compatibility and current status.