Google Maps is getting new AI-powered search updates, an enhanced navigation interface and more

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In a series of new updates for Google Maps, the company is incorporating AI-powered features to enhance user experience, making it easier to search, explore surroundings, and navigate to destinations. This includes making it easier to find specific items nearby, providing inspiration for activities, updating the navigation interface, offering more information to EV drivers, and expanding previously announced features to more cities.

One of the new updates involves searching for specific things near the user. For example, when searching for “animal latte art,” users will now see photo results based on images shared by users on Google Maps, thanks to AI and advanced image recognition models. These images aim to help users discover new spots, and users can click on them to learn more about the source and navigate to it.

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Furthermore, Google plans to roll out this new search feature in France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S., with further expansion to other countries in the future.

The updated search function will also organize results better for users who are unsure of what they are looking for. For example, in Tokyo, users can search for “things to do” and see organized place suggestions like “anime,” “cherry blossoms,” or “art exhibitions,” with the option to navigate to them or save them for later. This update will be available globally on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

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Moreover, Google is updating the Maps navigation interface to provide more accurate surroundings, including realistic buildings and improved lane details, particularly useful for highway driving. These updates will roll out in the coming months in 12 countries.

For drivers, Google will soon show HOV lanes in the U.S. and expand AI-powered speed limit information to 20 European countries. Both features will be available on Android, iOS, and cars with Google Built-in in the coming months.

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Additionally, EV drivers on Android and iOS will receive more information about charging stations, including compatibility with their vehicle, charger speed, and when the charger was last used.

Furthermore, Google will expand some current AI-powered features to more cities, including Immersive View for Routes and Lens in Maps, providing users with interactive, augmented reality experiences for navigation and information.

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