Google is adding new food search and AR navigation features

Google is adding new food search and AR navigation features to Maps

Google announced the launch of several innovations at once for its proprietary search engine, Maps and Shopping services. Many of them were announced during September’s Search On event and are now available to all users of the IT giant’s services.

    Image Source: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Image Source: Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

First of all, we note a number of innovations in the Google search engine. Users can now search for nearby restaurants that serve dishes of interest to them. It is enough to enter the name of a dish to display a list of nearby cafes and restaurants that have the desired treat on the menu. Here you can also get additional information, including the cost of the desired dish, data on the ingredients used in its preparation, etc.

Another innovation also affects the search for food. If a user finds a picture of a dish online but doesn’t know what it’s called, they can use the Lens feature in the Google app for Android and iOS to find nearby places that sell the treat they want becomes. Later this year, the developers will also improve the Lens AR Translate feature, allowing the tool to better recognize and translate captions on images with complex backgrounds.

The new augmented reality experience has been implemented in the Maps app, but is currently only available in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. In one of these cities, the user can use a smartphone with the Maps application to visually search for shops, ATMs, attractions, cafes, etc. Arrows indicate the direction of movement.

Another new feature in Maps makes it easier to find EV charging stations. It will be easier for electric car owners to search for charging stations and filter the search results by the presence of a fast charging system and the type of charger. In addition, the Available Seats feature introduced in 2020 in the US, Australia, Japan and the UK will be expanded. With its help, you can find out whether a certain place is wheelchair accessible, whether there is a special parking lot, a toilet, etc.

    Image source: Google

Image source: Google

Developers continue to develop the Purchases service. It will be easier for users of the service to choose the right foundation. To this, the application has added virtual avatars of 148 models with different skin colors, different ages, nationalities and skin types. Users can interact with these models to get an idea of ​​how a particular foundation will look on them. In addition, in the “Purchases” there was an opportunity to search for branded shoes with elements of augmented reality.


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Robbie Elmers

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