Google Maps now shows Lime bikes and scooters in over 80 new cities

If you’ve recently used Google Maps to get directions to a location a short distance away,you probably noticed the app conveniently gave you information about Lime scooter and bike rentals — if you happen to live in a small selection of cities. However, this list of cities just got expanded with more than 80 new locations.

Starting this week, if you live in one of the cities listed below, you might start seeing Lime vehicle information pop up in Google Maps. The notification will conveniently tell you if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, an estimate of how much your ride could cost, along with your total journey time and ETA.

Check out the screenshot below to see how it looks:

Lime is one of many companies that offers low-cost rentals of bicycles, e-bikes, scooters, and other personal modes of transport in major cities. Since using energy-efficient, carbon-neutral methods of transportation fits in nicely with Google’s ethos, this Lime partnership makes perfect sense.

Here are the list of new cities:

United States:

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Arizona (Mesa, Scottsdale), Arkansas (Little Rock), California (Monterey, Mountain View, San Marcos, Santa Barbara), Colorado (Denver), Florida (Miami, Orlando), Georgia (Atlanta, Statesboro), Idaho (Boise), Indiana (Bloomington, South Bend), Kentucky (Louisville), Massachusetts (Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Revere, Waltham, Watertown, Winthrop), Michigan (Lansing), Nevada (Reno), Missouri (St. Louis), New Jersey (Keyport, Metuchen, Plainsfield), New York (Ithaca, Queens, Rockaways), North Carolina (Charlotte, Charlottesville, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Raleigh/Durham), Ohio (Columbus, Oxford), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Tulsa), Rhode Island (Providence), Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville), Texas (Corpus Christi, Lubbock), Utah (Salt Lake City), Virginia (Harrisonburg), Washington (Tacoma), Washington DC.

Worldwide

Brussels, Calgary, ChristChurch, London, Lyon, Madrid, Malaga, Malmö, Marseille, Mexico City, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Pamplona, Paris, Poznan, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Warsaw, Wellington, Wroclaw, Zaragoza

If you don’t see your location on the list, don’t worry: both Lime and its integration within Google Maps is likely coming your way soon.

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No more walking in the wrong direction with the upcoming AR experience on Google Maps

guide camera- Google IO 2018

At the Google I/O 2018, the company teased how Google Maps can leverage the camera to overlay walking directions and business listings for an Augmented Reality (AR) experience via its new Visual Positioning System (VPS).

Essentially, when your GPS is not enough, VPS will use your phone’s camera and Google’s extensive back-end data to analyze your surroundings to estimate your precise position and orientation to identify where you are with greater accuracy.

There has been no word on this since then, but earlier today, The Wall Street Journal shared the first look of the upcoming AR navigation feature.

In this demoed version of Google Maps, there is a new “Start AR” option alongside the traditional “Directions”. Once you tap on it, the map is replaced by a real-time view of the world around you along with the traditional overhead map.

Google Maps - Augmented Reality

The Wall Street Journal Photo: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal

Users will have to first move their phone around and point the camera to things around them so that the camera can recognize some landmarks to calibrate where the user is. The app essentially matches the recognized landmarks and objects with all the imagery and data the company has captured with those Street View cars roving around.

A moment after the app found me, a set of bold, can’t-miss-’em 3-D arrows appeared on my phone screen, hovering in the middle of the street. The arrows pointed right, so I headed right. That’s when a rectangular blue sign appeared, floating above the sidewalk: 249 feet until my next turn. At the corner, the arrows again pointed right, and down the street a phone booth-size red pin marked my destination. It was as if Maps had drawn my directions onto the real world, though nobody else could see them.

Google Maps - Augmented Reality

Photo: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal

The company has shared with the WSJ that this upcoming feature is meant for walking directions and not to be used while driving. There are also a few nifty features to conserve your phone’s battery life and data usage, for example, lowering your phone will flip to the standard map while the screen automatically darkens after a period of time.

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The AR feature is particularly useful at the beginning of a journey when a person usually starts walking in a particular direction only to realize that he/she is going the opposite way or when one gets out of the subway and isn’t sure of which direction, he/she needs to head to. By making use of the smartphone camera, Google Maps will get a more-detailed sense of where you are and where you need to go.

While this definitely looks exciting, most of us will have to wait a little longer before we can take it for a spin. The feature will be rolling out soon to a few Local Guides, the most active reviewers and users of Google Maps, and will come to everyone at a later stage since the company thinks it needs a lot more testing before the experience is ready for a broader availability.

Google Maps gets improved Assistant for smoother rides

  • Google has rolled out new Assistant integration in Google Maps.
  • Google Assistant can help users make calls, play music, and more without leaving the navigation app.
  • It appears to be live in version 10.4.1 of Maps.

Google has rolled out a new version of Maps with an optimized Google Assistant. The new Assistant integration opens up additional possibilities and superior hands-free navigation thanks to its new low profile (via 9to5Google).

The update comes with a new multi-colored Google Assistant microphone button as well as a new ‘listening’ symbol that appears unobtrusively at the bottom of the screen. The update is said to be present in Maps version 10.4.1, which is now rolling out.

Google Maps screenshots featuring the new Google Assistant 9to5Google

Those already familiar with Maps may know you can use already use your voice for navigation. However, as well as the superior visual implementation, Assistant now comes with some additional features. These include allowing you to play music, send SMS messages, and more without leaving the Maps app. You can do this using the OK Google hotword to begin or by tapping the microphone icon.

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Google had previously discussed the Maps/Assistant integration at I/O 2018 and the changes are intended to help drivers focus on the roads rather than their handsets. It seems like a sensible update.

This isn’t the only Assistant-related feature we’ve seen roll out in the past week, though — check out its new broadcast replies, list creation, and pretty please features.