Google Maps Gains 'Live View' Augmented Reality Walking Directions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Augmented reality walking directions in Google Maps got a step closer today with news that a beta version of the AR feature will be rolling out to users of the app over the next couple of weeks (via TechCrunch).


    Google revealed AR walking directions earlier this year, when it launched an early alpha mode for Google Pixel owners and users of Google Maps Local Guides, but now it's making the feature available for all Google Maps users with ARKit-compatible devices (iPhone 6s and later, all models of iPad Pro, and 5th and 6th generation iPads).

    The AR directions include large arrows and street markers overlaid on the real world. These can be viewed by tapping a nearby location on the map, tapping the Directions button, and then tapping Walking, which should make the "Live View" option appear near the bottom of the screen.

    According to Google, the Live View feature isn't meant to be used with your iPhone held up in front of you as you walk - rather, its designed to provide a quick and simple way of orienting yourself if you enter unfamiliar territory.

    Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Maps Gains 'Live View' Augmented Reality Walking Directions
  2. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    That's pretty cool. I haven't been a fan of Google Maps for walking directions but I must try this.
  3. Motawa macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2012
    Meanwhile apple maps doesn’t even have bike routes
  4. Xirian macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2007
    So many times I've seen an app that does this announced and then never hear anything about it again. I'm happy this is a thing, it'll be really helpful in NYC when I become directionally challenged.
  5. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    It would be nice if you could catch some Pokémon while using it.
  6. TIOATIOA macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2016
    SC, USA
    So now we want to encourage people to stare at their screens while they are walking?
  7. Xirian macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2007
  8. Biu_miu macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2016
    Literally opposite is said in the article.
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    Whats a “bike route”?
    99,9999999% of the places/ towns/cities you just drive a bike either on a regular road or a sidewalk. Same as waling lol.
    But yes, Apple Maps just tries to reinvent the wheel, Google Maps are the way to go for me.
  9. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    I got lost/made the wrong turn/wrong exit so many times on apple map, if only google map can be more intergrated in iOS, like clicking on a address in iMessage
  10. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    At least now when they are staring at their screen they will see where they are going.
  11. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Seems like you haven't been out of your own state I guess. LOL. Come to Europe or South America to see a bike route. Or maybe Chicago or NY if you can't leave the country. :) Bike routes are an important feature of Google Maps if you live here.
  12. justperry macrumors G4


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    Erm...lots of bike routes in Europe for instance, not the same as roads or sidewalk, not even allowed to cycle on sidewalks in most if not all countries in Europe.

    Old news, tiresome, Apple Maps is mostly on par with GM, if not better.
  13. Jared Strike macrumors regular

    Jared Strike

    Aug 10, 2013
    A lot of bike routes have a different terrane.
  14. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Bike Routes are very common in Canada, either along the side of the road (not on the sidewalk!) highlighted in green, or a separate pathway separated from the road by grass and trees.


    It's very dangerous to ride a bike on the sidewalk, or ride facing traffic.

    And wear your reflectors and helmet! :p
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    Apple Maps has improved immensely in the past year! I find it better than Google Maps most of the time. I prefer how it gives lots of warning and repeats instructions. All too often, I found Google Maps giving instructions too late or not at all. That never happens with Apple Maps.
  15. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    A route that includes places bicycles can go but cars can't? Apple Maps doesn't have that now, but I'd be surprised if they weren't planning it.
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    Last edited: Aug 8, 2019

    edvj macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2011
    Believe it or not..but there is a world outside USA,where separated/protected bike lanes is the norm.

  17. nitramluap macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2015
    To be fair, the best bike routes are actually based on local knowledge, particularly in places where cycling culture isn't great. Even Google Maps fails here. I would NEVER ride the routes it recommends in my city.
  18. extrachrispy macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2009
    Austin, Texas
    In most U.S. cities, I agree with you. I have been stuck in Houston for the summer, however, and there is a large network of dedicated paths, mostly along the bayous. They end up being treated as MUPs, unfortunately, but at zero-dark-thirty, when it's actually cool enough to ride, they're effectively dedicated cycling paths. :)

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