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Google Maps gets a major AI-Powered overhaul: Here are the top 5 new features

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In a recent post on social media platform X, user @thedigitalkinggg announced significant updates to Google Maps, driven by advanced AI technology.

These updates promise to revolutionize the way users interact with the app, enhancing navigation, search, and exploration capabilities. Here’s a rundown of the five groundbreaking features now available:

  1. Conversational Map Search:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Users can now chat directly with Google Maps to obtain information. This conversational AI utilizes Google Maps’ extensive database, including business details, photos, ratings, and reviews, to deliver trustworthy and detailed results.
  2. Live View on Maps (Augmented Reality):

    By tapping the camera icon, users can engage Live View to search using augmented reality. This feature identifies nearby ATMs, restaurants, parks, and transit stations, displaying their operational hours and ratings. AR arrows guide users precisely to their destinations.

  3. New Immersive View:

    This feature allows users to preview places before visiting, with photorealistic views and valuable information like weather forecasts and peak crowd times. Indoor views provide a sense of a restaurant’s ambiance, aiding in decision-making.

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4. New Multi-Search:

Combining words and images, users can explore local businesses in an innovative way. This feature leverages information from millions of businesses on Google Maps, enhancing search results’ relevance and precision.

5. Photo-First Results:

Certain search terms will now yield photo-first results from billions of images shared by the Google Maps community. AI and advanced image recognition models ensure these results are highly accurate, matching users’ search criteria closely.

Additionally, the update includes AI Suggestions, where users can receive activity recommendations based on real-time conditions.

For instance, if it starts raining, asking Maps for “activities for a rainy day” will prompt suggestions like nearby comedy shows or movie theaters.

These updates represent a significant leap in functionality, making Google Maps not just a navigation tool but a comprehensive, AI-driven assistant for daily activities and exploration.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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