belbalady.net Google has released a new update to the Google Maps application that brings the Immersive View feature, which provides an interactive 3D experience for a group of cities around the world. Google announced the feature back in February.
Google said that Immersive View is a completely new way to explore places, as it relies on artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies to combine Street View service snapshots and aerial images to create a three-dimensional model with high-quality graphics for all city details, in addition to displaying layers of useful information for the two weather conditions. And traffic and the degree of congestion in the cities supported by the service, which are currently in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and Berlin, provided that the service will reach Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence and Venice in the coming months.
The feature allows users of the application to fly over the city and watch it from the top in high quality, and descend to the streets to wander around and even enter the shops to explore it from the inside.
Google said that it relied on artificial intelligence techniques to convert ordinary binary images into three-dimensional ones in a way that reflects the shape of the building and even the structure of its external materials, to form an accurate image of it in various lighting conditions and weather conditions.
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The update also brings the Live View feature, which uses augmented reality technology to display, using the phone’s camera, the most prominent information about the places surrounding the user, such as the names of restaurants, ATM locations, parks, and transportation stations. The service also displays additional information, such as knowing the working hours of commercial places, their evaluation, and the extent of their crowding.
In addition to the above, the update expands Indoor Live View augmented reality tour support to more than 1,000 points, including airports, train stations and shopping malls in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei.
The service helps the user to find his way in large places, such as airports and commercial markets, as it uses augmented reality to show arrows that indicate directions to places.
Today, Google started rolling out the update gradually, which means that new features may need several days before they reach all users of the app.
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Source: “The Arab Portal for Technical News”