Google Maps' new 'For you' tab introduces personal recommendations, AR camera features

Google I/O Update: Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

"Here's how it could-will look like", Google VP Aparna Chennapragada told the I/O crowd when unveiling a sample interface that combines Google Maps' 2D interface with the view from your smartphone's camera lens. The score is generated by utilising Machine Learning and outlines the reasons explaining why it thinks you'd enjoy that place such as "you enjoy Greek food" and it's similar to another restaurant you've visited and liked, as well as giving you the score. The For You tab is created to surface information about new places that open up, or a "surprise pop-up from your favourite chef" and more using information from local experts, Google's algorithms, and trusted publishers. Instead you'll get curated lists of what's good based on the area or neighborhood you're looking up.

The new AR feature uses Google's current Street View and Maps data to give you a live feed from your phone's camera to overlay walking directions on top of the real world. You receive directions for the location with the most votes. Aparna Chennapragada introduced one of the best new features: visual guidance and Visual Positioning System in Google Maps Navigation. If you go to places on the list, Maps will cross them off to show your progress. Users could select areas or dining spots to follow, from which updates like matching, trending, newly opened, and popular places will be shown in the "for you" tab.

Mind you, this number rating will take time to become more accurate so you want to check in with the app consistently when you go out. The company also did not divulge if all new features are coming to both Android and iOS, but it's safe to assume that they are heading to the app for iPhones and iPads due to the advanced augmented reality technologies of Apple's devices.

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During the first day keynote, Aparna Chennapragada spoke about some new features for Google Maps, where she discussed how the requirements that users have for Google Maps has changed, and much more is needed.

Given the amount of visual detail in this reimagined directions feature, it seems like this is being geared toward helping you walk from Point A to Point B. Adding these kind of visual cues to turn-by-turn directions for drivers would boost instances of distracted driving.

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