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Augmented Reality Google Maps is coming, starts testing in private

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Feb 11, 2019 1:00 PM 2+ mon ago

Augmented Reality Google Maps is coming, starts testing in private

The camera feed actually helps with your precise location and orientation. Google calls the system "VPS" or "Visual Positioning System."

If you remember, in May 2018, Google showed off an augmented reality version of Google Maps during the Google I/O 2018 keynote. The feature was only described as a "what if" experiment and "How [augmented reality] could look in Google Maps"--it wasn't given a firm release date. Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal got to try a real working version of this concept, and, while there still isn't a release date, it sounds like Augmented Reality Google Maps is moving from "What if?" to an actual product.

The feature seemed aimed at solving a lot of pain points that pop up when using Google Maps in a big city. The densely packed points-of-interest means GPS isn't really accurate enough ...

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