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Google Maps AR navigation is now being trialed by select users

11 February 2019

There's no denying that Google Maps has made our lives easier, from tracing a route to exploring eateries and salons in a location, the navigation app does it all.

All in all, it doesn't look all that different to the demo Google had shown at last year's I/O (guides included).

The AR feature is supposed to pop-ups names of surrounding businesses from the location, even has a fox guide to help the user navigate in the real-world by relying on the AR element on the map. On top of that, your battery would drain really fast, so it's probably best to use the AR navigation feature in shorter intervals.

The new app will use the phone's lens to scan buildings and landmarks and direct users based on what they see in front of them rather than by looking at the blue dot is on a Google map.

Firing up Google Maps to figure out where to go is set to get a lot easier with a new feature the company is now testing. Even so, the new interface won't allow you to continually use the camera for AR, and will insist that you lower the phone, where the more traditional map interface will then be displayed. The real-time feature is however not meant to be on at all times, as it drains battery and the app even reminds the user to turn the feature off once it knows where to go.

Google's letting a select group of people test out the feature, including the folks at The Wall Street Journal. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen, the report said on Saturday.

Google hasn't given any indication of a date as to when this feature will become widely available, and Pierce notes that it will arrive "only when Google is satisfied that it's ready". Later this year, his voice will come to the Google Assistant.

The feature will likely also be available through AR glasses in the future.

We're looking forward to seeing this roll out to the masses, and we'll let you know as soon as you can take it for a spin.

Google Maps AR navigation is now being trialed by select users