New Google Maps AR feature recognises buildings navigates users in REAL TIME

The real life Street View! Google is testing an AR feature that places directions over your camera's view of your surroundings using recognisable landmarks to navigate in real time Users can point the phone at what they see and app will locate their positioning The app scans landmarks and overlays information on top of the street view Together with the GPS the new feature is more accurate and works in real-time  It will only be available to loyal Google reviewers and not the wider public yet

By Yuan Ren For Mailonline

Published: 12:45 GMT, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 15:12 GMT, 11 February 2019

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Google is adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps that puts users in street view to navigate their surroundings in real-time through their smartphone.

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 on a Google map. 

The feature will be tested by a few members of Google's Local Guides community who earn points by writing Google reviews.

No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users. 

Google could soon be adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps so puts the user in street view and navigate their surroundings in real-time.

Google could soon be adding a new augmented reality (AR) feature to Google Maps so puts the user in street view and navigate their surroundings in real-time.

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.

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.

The feature will be tested by a few members of Google's Local Guides community who earn points by writing Google reviews. No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users.

The feature will be tested by a few members of Google's Local Guides community who earn points by writing Google reviews. No dates have been set for making it widely available to Map users.

The new AR Street map feature was shown in a demo video made by the Wall Street Journal yesterday, which seemed to have exclusive access to the update. 

The video shows the user holding up his phone while in Google Maps and the camera scanning what it sees in front of the phone. 

Once the landmarks have been recognised by Google Maps and is locked through the GPS system, information about those landmarks appear on the screen. 

The new AR Street map feature was shown in a demo video made by the Wall Street Journal yesterday, which seemed to have exclusive access to the update.

The new AR Street map feature was shown in a demo video made by the Wall Street Journal yesterday, which seemed to have exclusive access to the update.

The video shows the user holding up his phone while in Google Maps and the camera scanning what it sees in front of the phone.

The video shows the user holding up his phone while in Google Maps and the camera scanning what it sees in front of the phone.

The option to use AR is via a 'Start AR' button in the Map app main screen. The real-time feature is however not intended 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. (Credit: WSJ)

The option to use AR is via a 'Start AR'

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