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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Are you lost? VPS will guide you!

Global Positioning System (GPS) has been the staple guide for almost the entire world when venturing an unknown territory. But it can also go wrong as we all know from our personal experiences, “Am I going in the correct direction?” Well, now those days will be far gone with Visual Positioning System (VPS) to be incorporated in Google Maps.

The technology uses Visual Situating Administration, a Tango-empowered mapping framework that utilises augmented reality (AR) on phones and tablets to help navigation. VPS combines the live camera view with Google’s data trove to get a better sense of position. This innovation would be particularly helpful in thick urban areas where GPS is frequently hindered by skyscrapers.

AR will merge with the traditional interface of the Maps app and use live camera view for a more futuristic and apt navigation. Superimposed arrows will appear on the screen while navigating and make it even easier. They are also trying to insert animated characters like a fox who will be the navigation guide while making the app more entertaining and interesting.

The display will have blown-up 3D views with lit-up arrows and precise steps. Another facility that will be available is points of interest like cafés or retail stores will be automatically highlighted when the camera is panned around the street.

Everyone will be a James Bond with this technology soon to be a reality in next 2-3 years.

Did You Know?

  • VPS makes use of machine learning, computer vision and mapping
  • Hardware components for augmented reality are: processor, display, sensors and input devices
  • The GPS system includes 24 satellites deployed in space about 19,300 km above the earth’s surface
  • GPS technology was first used by the United States military in the 1960s and expanded into civilian use over the next few decades.

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