Google Maps to Gain Impressive New 'Immersive View' Later This Year

Google Maps is set to get a new Immersive view for cities that uses artificial intelligence and high-quality 3D rendering to simulate real-time data, Google has announced.


Thanks to advances in computer vision and AI that allow us to fuse together billions of Street View and aerial images to create a rich, digital model of the world — we're introducing a whole new way to explore with Maps. With our new immersive view, you'll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like — and even feel like you're right there before you ever set foot inside. So whether you're traveling somewhere new or scoping out hidden local gems, immersive view will help you make the most informed decisions before you go.

As the video demonstrates, the new Immersive view deftly blends live traffic, weather, and astronomical data from Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View with animated digital models that even include neat touches like birds flying over buildings, animated landmarks, and reflective bodies of water.

Users will also be able to explore inside and around businesses rendered in detailed 3D representations where data sets are available.

Google says Immersive view will work on "just about any phone and device" and will start rolling out in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year, with more cities coming soon.

Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
2 weeks ago

Deleted Google Maps from my iPhone 3 years ago. Has it gotten better?
Better? Our neighborhood doesn’t even exist on Apple Maps yet and it’s also awful at getting construction site updates (at least for Berlin)

Also no offline Downloads for Maps and cycling routes unless you live in one of those „Silicon Valley“ capitals
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
2 weeks ago
Apple Maps will add this feature too but will give you an immersive view of the wrong route ?
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
2 weeks ago

Deleted Google Maps from my iPhone 3 years ago. Has it gotten better?
Yes, as has Apple maps and most other mapping solutions. Why don't you try it and see for yourself?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
2 weeks ago
Looks absolutely incredible!

I just can't put GM back on my phone. I have trust issues....
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
2 weeks ago

That’s really impressive! But it has Google in the name, so everything you do with it will be tracked unfortunately. I hope Apple Maps gains something like this in the future.
That old trope. I bet you don't even know exactly what data they collect and what they do with it, other than saying something very generic like;
They track you.
They sell your data.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SBlue1 Avatar
2 weeks ago
Apple Maps will never catch up with Google maps. In Germany Apple Maps is way behind Google. It took Apple 4 years to correct the name of my street.

I am stunned why Apple services are such a hit or miss. Some like iCloud, Home, Apple TV+, Siri or Apple Maps are trash outside of the US and seem to be run by a handful of people working in part time from home and wo never used those things by themselves. Some service on the other hand like Apple Music, Fitness + or Apple Pay are great and way above the competition.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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