Google is releasing the Immersive View feature within Google Maps that it first launched in May of 2021, in five cities including London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
Immersive View covers 250 landmarks around the world. Its technology is similar to Google Earth, except that it provides more in-detail exploration using a combination of Street View and aerial images.
Through Immersive View, users can plan trips to places like museums, cafes, restaurants, parks, as well as plan activities by virtually exploring buildings from the top to locate entrances or check nearby traffic or parking. Users can also virtually walk through the venues they wish to visit, before their visit, with Immersive View’s AI technique called Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF). A time slider within the functionality helps to view a location at different times during the day and under predicted weather conditions.
Immersive View is expected to roll out in more cities soon, including Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence, and Venice. In addition to that, the Indoor Live View feature is expanding to 1000 airports, train stations, and shopping centers.