Visual Positioning System Makes waves
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
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.