Google is letting some users test its AR navigation feature for Google Maps

The feature will 'come to everyone only when Google is satisfied that it's ready'


Google showed off a new augmented reality feature for Google Maps, which would provide people with directions from your phone's camera in realtime.
The app picks up a person's location via GPS, and then uses Street View data to narrow it down to your exact location. Once his location was pinned down, it displayed big arrows and directions in his screen. "It was as if Maps had drawn my directions onto the real world, though nobody else could see them."
App doesn't appear to let you use the camera persistently, urging you to put it down after a short while, and displaying its regular map interface when you do so. Rachel Inman, the company's user-experience lead tells him that "it's for those moments like, 'I'm getting off the subway, where do I go first?'"
Google has reportedly been experimenting with the user interface, finding that users will follow a line on the ground too closely, and that an animated guide will keep them glued to the screen. The interface could change, and that Google isn't saying when the feature will roll out to users, just that it'll be available to "a few Local Guides" soon, and "will come to everyone only when Google is satisfied that it's ready."
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