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Google Maps gains augmented reality and hotel and flight reservations | Maps and location

Google Maps announced on Thursday that it will offer an augmented reality feature update to make it easy to see the route to your destination. From the same updateYou will be able to access hotel reservations and flights directly in the app, even offline. IPhone (iOS) and Android users can use the platform to check in at the airport or on their way to the next hotel. The news, which are already in the beta testing phase, will arrive in Brazil in the coming weeks.

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In Google Maps Live View. digital elements are displayed above camera images Photo: Playback / dnetcIn Google Maps Live View. digital elements are displayed above camera images Photo: Playback / dnetc

In Google Maps Live View. digital elements are displayed above camera images Photo: Playback / dnetc

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The application update definitely implements the use of augmented reality in route visualization, which has been tested since 2018. Named Live View, the feature uses technology to help users who have difficulty following the path mapped by the application.

O dnetc tested the functionality in June. From the image provided by the camera phone, the Google Maps system reads the environment and shows huge arrows on the real world, indicating the points where I need to change direction.

In addition, in order to provide users with a better travel experience, the new version of Google Maps has concentrated reservations in one place. To access them, just touch the three gray dots in the upper left corner of the screen and then "Your places". Then go to the "Reservations" tab, where a list of upcoming trips appears. By selecting one, the user can access their reservations instantly, even if offline.

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The new version of the app also brings other news. One of them is the function match, which facilitates the search for restaurants that best fit the style of the user. You can see how long the wait lasts, if you can make a reservation in the app itself, popular dishes and other menu items.

Who activates the navigation history, in turn, can count on a new Timeline to remember all the places you have visited in a particular city or country and also export the recommendations to a list.

Google said flight and hotel reservations, Live View and the new Timeline are starting to appear on mobile phones in the coming weeks. The latter feature, however, can already be taken advantage of by Android phone users.