Google Maps unveils AI-powered updates for smarter navigation

Google Maps is introducing AI-driven updates to enhance user experiences and promote sustainable travel choices. From Immersive View for routes to Lens in Maps, improved navigation, and electric vehicle charging details, Google Maps is elevating its travel assistance capabilities.

Immersive View for Routes

Google Maps introduces Immersive View for routes, revolutionizing trip planning. This feature allows users in select cities to visualize their entire journey in a multidimensional view. It provides detailed turn-by-turn directions, and offers a time slider to plan around traffic and weather conditions, ensuring a seamless travel experience.

Lens in Maps Expands

Lens in Maps, previously known as Search with Live View, now covers over 50 new cities. This AI-driven feature helps users quickly orient themselves in unfamiliar places. By simply tapping the Lens icon, users can access information about nearby ATMs, transit stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and stores, making exploration easier.

Enhanced Navigation Map

Google Maps enhances its navigation map with more realistic building representations for improved orientation in urban areas. It also includes advanced lane details for highway driving.

Real-time data about HOV lanes in the U.S. and AI-powered speed limit information in Europe will provide more accurate route planning.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Information

EV drivers will now have comprehensive charging station information, including compatibility and charger speed. This feature minimizes charging anxiety by indicating the last usage of chargers, preventing unnecessary stops at inactive stations. This information will be available to developers on Google Maps Platform.

New Search Features

Search in Google Maps is getting smarter. Users can now search for specific items or activities and receive photo-first results based on billions of community-shared photos. Additionally, thematic place suggestions and results for activities and dining will be available, offering inspiration for those spontaneous adventures.


These AI-powered updates are set to roll out in stages. Immersive View for routes will start in select cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, and more on Android and iOS.

Lens in Maps will expand to over 50 new cities. The enhanced navigation map will be introduced in 12 countries, including the U.S. and Europe. EV charging information will be available globally on iOS and Android.

New search features will roll out in France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S., with global expansion planned. These updates aim to make Google Maps an even more valuable travel companion, ensuring users have the information they need to confidently plan and navigate their journeys.