News JVTech Google Maps is going to be revolutionized in 2023, here’s everything you need to remember!
It’s a great revolution that is preparing at Google in 2023. Its Maps service should still evolve towards more realism. This is the watchword for this coming year and the updates should flourish.
Realism to revolutionize our daily lives
In an interview given to
wall street journal
the new chief navigation officer, Christopher Phillips, in charge of Google Maps and Waze now, details the objectives for tomorrow.
The American giant’s navigation service has gone from a simple interactive map to a powerful tool aggregating a very large amount of data. Accuracy is often excellent and more and more of us rely, for example, on the opening hours of a business listed on Google Maps. It is a tool that is part of our daily lives. But the objective is to go even further by offering even more precise and above all useful services.
One of the great challenges of realism is to be able to give the user an experience close to real life so that he can get an idea of whether it is worth it. In the interview we can read: “You will be able to go there and see what it looks like at any time of the day, depending on weather conditions or how busy the place is.” This implies entering the restaurant virtually, for example, and having a 3D view, with different atmospheres.
To achieve this, the objective is to use all the images taken in the establishments to make 3D views of the interior. We would not only have a view of the exterior of the buildings, but also see what is happening in the shops.
Between augmented reality and abusive data collection
This is the duality of the mission that Google has set itself. It takes both a lot of data to create reliable augmented reality models, but their origin is problematic. The consumer is often not aware of the actual use of his personal data.
Thanks to smartphones, we already have the Live View function which, by lifting the phone, allows you to have a view from its camera with contextual information, such as restaurants, their ratings and even their timetables.
To go further, it will be a question of not even having to take your smartphone out of your pocket. With sounds and vibrations, it will be possible to know exactly when to turn or continue straight. The objective is clearly to make us more aware of our environment without having to be distracted by our phone. This is an important issue, because accidents involving pedestrians are often due to a lack of attention.
Google Maps is thus at the forefront of the augmented reality revolution. It also offers possibilities in what may be the Metaverse. Google will be in the front line to develop navigation tools in a real or virtual world. The only question we can ask ourselves is: how far Google will have to go in collecting data for its algorithms to be so realistic?