Google Maps Is Adding a 3D 'Immersive View' That's Like Flying a Drone From Afar The new feature, introduced at Google I/O 2022, gives a rotating 3D view of cities from the air, with live traffic and weather.

In the Google I/O 2022 In the keynote, CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a new feature of Google Maps that gives users a drone-level aerial view of cities, offering a helpful middle ground between satellite and street views.

Immersive View, as the new mode is called, uses “billions of photos” to model buildings and trees in 3D using machine learning. The new view allows users to understand a city’s topography, rotate their perspective to look between buildings, and see traffic and weather conditions at different times of the day.

Immersive View also offers 3D glimpses of nearby restaurants, allowing users to look around and rotate their view to get a better look at the layout, which may be important for those still cautious about eating indoors.

Immersive View is built from neural rendering based solely on photos and streamed from Google Cloud so it can run on any smartphone or device. The new view will roll out later this year on Google Maps for Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo, with more cities to be added soon, according to an official blog post.

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