Google seems to have taken good note of the Apple Maps Flyover function and has just launched a new feature in its particular maps application that mimics its operation. According to The Verge, the new Google Maps aerial view function is compatible with at least 100 monuments, most of which belong to the cities of Barcelona, New York, Paris, San Francisco and London, among others. As with the Apple app, its availability will most likely expand to other cities over time.
Virtual tour of the cities, the new Google Maps Flyover
The new Google Maps feature is the prelude to the ‘Immersive View’ feature announced by the company itself at its annual event, the Google I/O. This feature is intended to include real-time information, such as traffic conditions or weather conditions. In fact, its arrival in some of the most important cities in the United States and Japan is expected by the end of this year.
If we focus on how Flyover works, the function is limited to a more or less guided tour of some of the most important monuments and buildings in the cities, with a aerial view based on the generation of three-dimensional graphics. Little by little, this view will be fed by data such as the orography of the map, allowing us to know the presence of stairs, slopes and streets or paths that are difficult to access, in addition to the influx of traffic and people. In this sense, it is expected that the function will serve as a tourist guide to get to know some of the most emblematic corners of the cities.
As for its launch on Google Maps, the new function is already included in the latest versions of the application on iOS and Android, while its activation is being carried out in stages. In the meantime, we can update the app through the App Store and Google Play to make sure we have the latest version.