Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, revealed a new feature coming to Google Maps that provides users with a drone-level aerial perspective of cities, providing a useful middle ground between satellite and street views.
The new mode, Immersive View, models buildings and trees in 3D using machine learning and “billions of pictures.” Users can now grasp a city’s geography, tilt their viewpoint to gaze between buildings, and examine traffic and weather conditions at different times of day using the new view.
Immersive Perspective also provides 3D views of surrounding restaurants, allowing users to scan around and rotate their view to get a better look at the layout, which might be useful for individuals who are still hesitant to dine indoors.
Immersive View is a photo-based neural rendering that is broadcast from Google Cloud and may be used on any smartphone or device. According to an official blog post, the new view will be available on Google Maps for Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo later this year, with more cities to follow soon.