New update for Google Maps

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A new twist for one of the most practical and most used apps in the world. The new update of Google Maps It comes with new features that considerably improve the user experience, although in Europe we will still have to wait a little to be able to enjoy it.

As it could not be otherwise, almost all of these new features are closely related to the Artificial Intelligence. It is the sign of the times. The Mountain View company's plans involve gradually introducing solutions inspired by AI in all its services.

In fact, it has been years since Google Maps It is in our lives, completely transforming the way we interact with the world around us. For example, advising us when choosing more efficient routes to save fuel or helping us orient ourselves while exploring a new city thanks to the augmented reality.

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Now, the latest update to Google Maps is designed to make planning and navigation tasks easier for the user. These will be more reliable than ever thanks to a completely new way of searching and exploring. We explain everything in more detail in the following paragraphs.

Immersive View Routes

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Routes with an immersive view are one of the great novelties that this latest Google Maps update brings us. Is about a completely new and different way to preview for each new step of our journey, whether at the wheel of our vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

For now, This possibility is only open to some cities in the world: Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​​​Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tokyo and Venice. At our fingertips from Android and iOS devices.

That offers? The possibility of obtaining a multidimensional and realistic vision, with detailed step-by-turn visual instructions, plus updates on traffic and weather conditions. This is made possible by the AI's work of merging billions of Street View images. We explain more details about this function in this link.

Lenses in Maps


Lenses in Maps (function previously known as "Search with Live View") is also reinforced thanks to the application of Artificial Intelligence to augmented reality technology. The way to use it is very simple: you just have to click on the "Lens" icon in the search bar and raise our smartphone to access all kinds of data and practical information around us: cafes, ATMs, metro stops, restaurants, shops...

The list of cities in which Lens in Maps is already available is much broader than in the case of the immersive view. More about Google Lens, here.

Greater detail on the maps

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The number of drivers who use Google Maps daily for their trips around the world reaches hundreds of millions. Thanks to the application, they obtain information about weather conditions on the road, avoid traffic jams and find the best routes.

Well, that experience is going to be even better now, because Google Maps goes up a notch in terms of accuracy in the information it provides to its users. From now on, the colors are updated, the images of buildings are more realistic and, on highways, the signs and indications of lanes, entrances and exits appear more detailed. All thinking about offering a greater feeling of security to drivers.

These updates will begin to be implemented in the coming months in a dozen countries, among which Spain unfortunately does not appear. The only new functionality that will come to us is related to AI-based speed limit information, which will also receive more precise updates.

New resources for electric cars

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drivers of Power Plants, an increasingly large group of users, will also find interesting functions in the latest Google Maps update that can make their lives easier.

The most important of them is the tool to locate charging stations. This fundamental information will now be much more complete and detailed. Not only will we know where the nearest station is located, but also if the charger in question is compatible with our vehicle, if they are operational, what their charging speed is, etc. Likewise, you will be able to know when a charger was last used, to avoid wasting time going to a station that does not work.

New ways to search

Finally, it is necessary to mention the new range of search possibilities which will be available to app users after this latest update. Search on Google Maps is evolving to levels never seen before. Now, we just have to write what we want to find (no matter how specific it may be) and the application will offer us a series of photographic results based on the analysis of billions of photographs shared by the Google Maps community.

Again, it is AI working with advanced image recognition models that makes this possible. With this new modality, we can Browse the results and click on the images for more information. At the moment, this is available for a few countries: France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Apart from this, a new system has been implemented to so that the search results appear better organized and in a more suggestive way to stimulate our imagination. With thematic results and the option to save the options in a list that we can consult later.


All these improvements, in short, show us how Google Maps is influencing its users in an increasingly evident way, although in a positive sense. With each new update, the app is changing the way we, the people, explore and navigate its maps. All of this is driven by Artificial Intelligence, which continues to play a fundamental role in this new world that is little by little opening up before us.

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