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July 17, 2018 Tuesday 12:53:20 PM IST

Visual Positioning System Makes waves

Science Innovations

Google has recently announced the upcoming changes to Google Maps, incorporating functionalities associated with the augmented reality (AR), called "VPS," an abbreviation for "visual positioning system." VPS combines the live camera view with Google's data trove to give you a better sense of position than possible with just the Global Positioning System (GPS). In another words, it merges the traditional interface of Google Map with a live camera view, facilitating navigation with superimposed arrows at each turns, making missing of directions a near impossibility. Google also plans to provide a companion, afox, to make the app more entertaining.

There is high chance that GPS is blocked by skyscrapers in dense urban areas, where VPS technology could be a real blessing. 

Apart from external navigation, AR technology also support internal navigation, for example through a large supermarket, leading you to the destination with products of your choice.

The other two minor modifications to Google Maps is the “For You” tab and “Your Match” tab. “For You” tab shows you the nearby points of interest, apart from your destination, to corresponding to your passions. “Your Match” tab attempts to give you tailor-made recommendations for you, based on your big data foot print. It also supports your instant sharing of these info's to your friend circles.


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