Walk easy with “AR” navigation

Google’s latest addition to its Maps app lets you superimpose walking directions onto your view of the real world, using your phone’s camera and augmented reality to show exactly where you need to go and when you need to turn.

The feature is currently in preview, meaning it functions but is still a work in progress, and is rolling out to Google’s own Pixel devices now. Plans to make it available on iPhones or other Androids have not yet been announced.

To access AR, you open Google Maps and choose a location to navigate to. Next to the usual “start” button there’s a new option that says “start AR”. Hitting it splits the screen, with the map view below and your camera feed up top, and you’re asked to point the camera over the road to the opposite side of the street. After one or two seconds of scanning, the app confirms that it knows where you are.

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