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Google Maps AR navigation launches in beta for compatible iOS and Android devices

The AR feature in Google Maps that Google first demoed more than a year ago — a heads-up mode called Live View that provides directions from phones’ cameras in real time — will roll out in beta in the coming weeks for compatible iOS and Android devices, the company today announced. Live View was previously […]

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Facebook speeds up mapping data validation with machine learning tools Map With AI and RapiD

Millions of roads around the world have yet to be mapped, and that’s a real problem, particularly in the developing world. Missing map data can harm disaster response, community planning, and local economies. And while government-run and tax-funded projects like the U.K.’s Ordnance Survey have produced enormous corpora, they’ve largely failed to freely and widely […]

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Bing Maps gains improved real-time transit updates and alternate routes handling

Not to be outdone by Google, which recently launched AI-informed bus traffic delays and commute busyness estimates in Google Maps, Microsoft today highlighted a few of the improvements that have rolled out to Bing Maps over the past six months. They mainly involve real-time updates and trip frequency features, but also touch on alternate route […]

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Google Maps now displays bike-sharing stations worldwide

Google Maps is bringing bike-sharing station information to global markets from today, more than a year after first debuting the feature in New York City. Google introduced an integration with Citi Bike in the Big Apple last April, showing travelers the nearest bike-sharing station and revealing how many bikes are currently available. Now, the internet […]

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How Google Maps uses machine learning to predict bus traffic delays in real time

The world is moving into cities. For the first time in history, the majority of humanity lives in cities, according to United Nations data. In the decades ahead, as more of the global population moves into cities, congestion could get worse, but advances in technology that can help make public transportation a more predictable or […]

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Google Maps now predicts how crowded your bus or train will be

Google is introducing a new predictive feature to Google Maps, one that tells travelers how busy their bus, train, or subway ride will likely be. The company announced today that it will be rolling out “crowdedness predictions” in around 200 cities globally, on both Android and iOS — this means that if you request a […]

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Connected city and transport demands are fueling smarter maps

Google and Apple loom so large over the field of digital mapping that it’s understandable why it may seem they represent the beginning and the end of this market. But the demands of a wide range of services such autonomous vehicles and smart cities are giving rise to a new generation of mapping competitors who […]

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Google Maps lets local businesses reward followers with discounts

Google is giving local business owners greater control over their online presence in search results and Google Maps with a series of new features being introduced today. Beginning today, businesses can offer discounts or other perks for following their business on Google Maps. Businesses will be able to customize offer based on their goals, and […]

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Apple Maps hands-on: Look Around and folders bring depth to iOS and iPadOS 13

Apple’s Maps application has come a long way since its inauspicious 2012 launch, which blackened the company’s eye and cost it a key executive. Over the next six years, Apple refined the app with new 2D and 3D maps, much-improved driving directions, and tools to navigate transit systems, all in the name of improving its […]

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