Explore and eat your way around town with Google Maps

Explore and eat your way around town with Google Maps

Google Maps is also getting augmented reality support that will mix the traditional Street View interface of the mapping service with a live camera view.

And because this is Google, that new experience is all about personalization with the help of AI.

Finally, the new version of Google Maps will make it easier to make plans with friends to go out. Here, users will be shown recommendations of places and businesses in their area, especially those that are brand new or are "trending" based on Google's data. With the help of Top trending lists, users can figure out where 'tastemakers'are going, and help find new restaurants based on Google's algorithms, information from local experts and trusted publishers.

All these changes should be coming this summer. At the Google I/O 2018, the search giant revealed that Google Maps will now be more assistive and personal in nature.

Lin stressed that the feed isn't so much about the volume of information but about presenting the right information at the right time and for the right person.

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The new features will debut across multiple platforms through the year. So, one can give a rating to a restaurant directly on the Maps app.

Another major new feature that's coming to Maps soon is "your match". For example, you can know about the coolest café in the neighbourhood or a new restaurant that has opened up in the For You tab.

Not just this, if you tap on any food or drinks venue, Maps will also show you a "Match" score that suggests how likely you are to enjoy a place along with reasons. Interestingly, Google does not try to base these scores on how other people like you have rated a place. Based on the demo I saw, the team actually did a really nice job with this.

Google also wants users to share their recommended dining experiences with their friends, so it is adding a feature that will allow users to long press any restaurant or location to add to a shortlist that they can share with their friends. Once you've reached a decision together, you can use Maps to book a reservation and find a ride to get to the place.

The company didn't say when the augmented reality features will come to the Google Maps app, but it did hint that it might even include a cute robotic fox to act as your virtual guide.

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