San Francisco (CNN Business)Google Maps wants to make it easier for people find their way in busy urban spaces, and it thinks large cartoon arrows can help.
On Monday, Google Maps
began letting some users test a new augmented-reality feature in its mobile app that shows graphics — such as highlighted arrows and street names floating in midair — over a live view from their camera on their smartphone screens. It is meant to help them navigate city streets.
Google’s Rachel Inman, who works on user-experience for the new feature, said the company hopes to make it simpler to go between the two-dimensional map on your phone and the three-dimensional world around you.