One of the most popular applications of Android it is Google Mapsand this July 27, it presented three new features for its users: new routes for cyclists, more safety on the roads and immersive views on the map.
Immersive Views in Select Cities:
“To help you with the trip planning process, we’re bringing photorealistic aerial views of nearly 100 of the world’s most popular landmarks in cities like Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo directly to Google Maps. This is the first step towards launching the immersive viewan experience that combines AI with billions of high-definition images from Street View, satellites and aerials.”
More information on cycle routes
“Simply get bike directions to any destination. In addition to seeing the elevation along your route, you’ll also know if you’ll encounter heavy car traffic, stairs, or steep hills. You’ll also be able to get a very detailed breakdown of the route itself so you can tell at a glance what kind of road you’ll be biking on, such as a main road versus a local street. Gone are the days of unknowingly pedaling up a strenuous hill or on a route with more car traffic than you’re comfortable with.”
More safety on the road
“With the new location sharing notifications, you can see when a loved one has arrived or left a location so you can more easily coordinate schedules and have peace of mind. Let’s say you’re headed to a concert with a group of friends. If you have already chosen share your location With you, you can set up a notification for the concert venue address so you can see when they’ve arrived and get together quickly. You can also set up a notification to see when they have left the place, in case it gets separated. One of the ways I plan to use this feature this summer is when I went on my solo hiking trip. Asking my sister to set me a notification so she can see when I’ve returned to the trailhead parking lot gives me peace of mind that someone will know I’ve returned safely.
We have created this feature with privacy at the forefront. Notifications can only be set for someone who has already chosen to share their location with you.”