Google Maps Rolls Out Immersive View for Routes

At its annual I/O conference last week, Google Maps GOOG -0.39%↓ said it is introducing “Immersive View for Routes” in 15 cities worldwide.  Immersive View for Routes, using computer vision and AI, fuses billions of Street View and aerial images to create a digital model of the world, the company said.

When a user gets directions, they will be able to see a multidimensional experience to preview bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections and parking, the company said in a blog.  Google Maps, which originally announced Immersive View at last’s year’s I/O meeting, also lets the user see weather information and even air quality with a time slider.

Google Maps’ Immersive View for Routes comes to 15 cities (Image: Google).

Over the next few months, Google said it will roll out Immersive View in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo and Venice.

The company also announced a new Aerial View API for developers to allow them to integrate a 3D birds-eye video of a point of interest in their apps.  The company cited a company that is using the app to help renters visualize a property and the surrounding area.  Google Maps also said developers can use an experimental release of Photorealistic 3D Tiles, through its Map Tiles API,  to customize their 3D maps.


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