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Google Maps now offers immersive augmented reality navigation in Paris

By Graziella L. Posted November 19, 2022 12:17 p.m

The city of Paris benefits from a unique innovation on Google Maps: an augmented reality map to find your way and benefit from additional information with a single gesture.

Parisians and tourists will be able to try one new function of Google Mapsonly available at Paris, and in a few major cities, such as London and Los Angeles. The opportunity to discover the capital by augmented realityand especially to benefit from information about shops, museums and other elements of Parisian life, with a single gesturewithout having to search the Internet.

How does it work? Just go to the new navigation mode LiveView on the application, by using the small camera button in the search field or in the search for walking directions. The function will display information in Paris i overlay, as soon as you point your phone at a specific location, thanks to your camera. This allows you to quickly know which restaurant to eat near your location, if it is well rated, its opening hours and its price. Even locations hidden by other buildings can be displayed!

Google Maps can also show wheelchair-friendly places, worldwide. A pictogram and details of the premises’ compliance are then provided. However, the function must be activated in advance. in the app’s accessibility settings. Since the beginning of the year, many elements have been added to help pedestrians, especially thoseplacement of pedestrian crossingswith more accurate mapping.

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