Google Maps uses AI to show sidewalks and pedestrian crossings in SP | Applications and Software

The search giant took advantage of part of the Google I / O event to present five new features and tools that will be implemented within Google Maps. The list of novelties includes the elaboration of a route with a smaller number of areas with sudden brakes, even going to the map mode in augmented reality with more details to help the pedestrian, either on the street or at an airport.

Google Maps with sidewalks and pedestrian crossings (Image: publicity / Google)

The first of the five new features presented by the company to Google Maps changes the view of the application itself at certain times of the day. It works like this: if the user opens the app on a mobile device in the morning, the restaurant recommendations will be more prominent for those with breakfast options, leaving those facing the dinner in smaller, but still visible icons.

If Google Maps realizes that the user is in a new location, information about important sights or locations also appears in larger markers. In addition, when one of the points on the map is touched, such as a restaurant, shop or even a tourist attraction, other similar addresses are highlighted.

The second new feature is an expansion of information on the movement of people. If you open Google Maps right now and search for, or touch a location, you can receive information about how crowded it is. From this new tool, the user will also see if the whole region received a larger number of people.

This information can be useful when a person is planning a tour and wants to avoid turmoil, ensuring social distance, or going in the opposite direction when imagining a tourist looking for exactly a bigger movement in a certain place in the city.

The third novelty also expands a feature that already exists in some cities, which is the display of information on pedestrian crossings and traffic lights. With a promise to reach the end of this year in more than 50 cities, such as Berlin, Singapore, Seattle and São Paulo, the resource will use artificial intelligence to draw more prominently on sidewalks, even in squares or in the central construction site of the streets.

With the growth of detailed map information in more locations, users can be guided by the Google Maps route more easily, especially for wheelchair users.

Arriving at the fourth announcement for Google Maps, the augmented reality mode has also been expanded. With the novelty, the name of the streets will now be displayed on this interface, along with data such as the hotel where the user is staying and even more details about the highlighted places, such as opening hours.

The display of these augmented reality direction indicators will also be available indoors, starting with a few airports in the world.

Google Maps will make the route of drivers safer

Finally, the only novelty aimed only at drivers makes the route designed to avoid a high number of sudden brakes. Also with support in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Maps will start to plan a path designed precisely to reduce the amount of these moments – identified by the search giant most likely to cause a traffic accident.

The plotted route will automatically use a path with less sudden stops when the estimated time of arrival is the same as the traditional route, or else with minimal change in this aspect.

With information: Google.

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