The New App Features Include Indoor Navigation, Weather Forecast, Green Routes And E-Commerce.
AI will enable Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) Google Maps to guide even more accurately its users on their journeys, thanks to new features. As a matter of fact, the U.S. company has officially presented on its website some tools that will improve the app’s performance, thanks to artificial intelligence. In particular, innovations concern indoor navigation, new maps with weather forecast, green routes and e-commerce.
Indoor Augmented Reality: The combination of AI and augmented reality will allow the use of indoor Live View. Therefore, users will be able to virtually access various facilities — such as airports, shopping malls, stations, etc. — thus making it easier to instantly locate elevators, escalators, gates, platforms, baggage claim, check-in, ticket booths or ATMs. At first, this service will only be available in certain U.S. cities — Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, etc. — afterward, it will be extended beyond the United States, starting with Zurich and Tokyo.
Weather Forecast And Green Routes: In addition to real-time traffic status, AI will also enable users to consult weather conditions, air quality and temperature for a specific area directly on Google Maps. This feature will initially be accessible in the United States, Australia and India, before including other countries as well. The U.S. Energy Department National Renewable Energy Lab will help Google Maps to locate green routes, in order to optimize the carbon footprint for the same travel time. Again,