Great new view of Google Maps

With Immersive View, Google is adding a new viewing mode to Google Maps, which offers a truly spectacular immersive view that lets you explore cities from a new perspective. Success Guaranteed!

During its Google I/O 2022 developer conference held on Wednesday, May 11, the US giant showcased its progress in several areas at the center of its activities, such as Android, Google Search but also Google Maps. Thus the cartographic tool used on both computers and smartphones is equipped with a great new function called Immersive View (or Immersive View in French). Immersive View combines satellite images and images from the firm-owned Street View. These shots, skillfully reworked to maintain the proportions of each building, produce a stunning result. Behind their screen, the user thus has the impression of flying over a city modeled entirely in 3D, much like the cinematic scenes in many video games. An excellent way, for example, to visualize the height of buildings, width of streets, etc., to visualize the neighborhood. And not only that, Google has added an extra layer of information. You will be able to view the current weather, traffic conditions or activity governing the district live, all data collected by Google and which we already have in Maps.


To take the immersion even further, Google offers to enter certain buildings or establishments such as restaurants to see how they look inside. A bit like sending a drone to scout. The result looks really impressive. And to top it all off, the firm indicates that this new navigation mode will work on virtually any device. So there is no need to own the latest generation high-end smartphone or super-powerful computer to take advantage of it.

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Immersive View is being rolled out for the cities of Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco. Tokyo is expected to join the smaller group later this year. Google certainly plans to integrate other cities. With Immersive View, Google Maps turns into a bit more Google Earth, but with enhanced capabilities as it adds data collected in real time and a much higher level of detail. But the world search tool still has a bright future ahead as Immersive View is currently focusing on modeling big cities.

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