Google is gradually activating the global route display function in Maps. Paris will be the only French city to benefit from this launch. The “immersion” principle is already used in Google Maps for 3D representation of cities through satellite images. This time Google applies it to previewing the route on foot, bike or car.
Seeing the different stages of your route before you take it is nothing new in Maps, but this development is more complicated. Using the time rule, you can evaluate your trip according to different times of the day (in the evening, in the middle of the night, or during peak hours with traffic) and weather conditions. By bike and on foot in particular, this can be useful to assess whether the route to be followed is likely to be crowded or uncomfortable.
This additional offering is published in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tokyo and Venice, on iOS as well as Android. .
In the coming months, Google will display new maps when navigating in the car. France will be one of the first 12 countries, which will also include Canada and Germany. There will be changes in the colors used, in the buildings whose 3D dimensions will be more accurate and in the details of the instructions. The display of the position to be maintained on the road will be more accurate, especially when there are several lanes and a specific one must be followed. Google will also expand its speed limits offering to 20 countries in Europe.
Next, this week Google will distribute more detailed information globally about electric car charging stations: power, compatibility, and last time they were used (if it’s several days, they’re either used very little… or more likely they’re broken). .
Finally, Google will strive to prioritize images in response to queries in Maps. Images that will be taken from those that users post with their comments about a title. It is also published in France as well as Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.