Will Augmented Reality be the death of the Blue Dot on Maps

This article explains how artificial intelligence and augmented reality will affect navigation and maps in the future.

Will Augmented Reality be the death of the Blue Dot on Maps
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Will Augmented Reality be the death of the Blue Dot on Maps

In today’s world, you can speak navigation into existence. Ask your phone directions to the local store and a maps app pops up with a blue dot and step-by-step instructions.

This navigation system involving directions and a blue navigational dot sometimes with an arrow pointing in your general direction has changed the way location services function. It has led to a rise in technology dependency in terms of reliability, accuracy, and time-saving.

No one likes to get lost, especially when the time is crucial and of value. Maps have reduced this probability and helped vehicles, transportation, and navigation as easy as ABC. Nowadays, even 5-year-olds can read Google Maps with their simple interface and the ability to speak the directions.

With ever-evolving technology, a new powerful tool is in town, and it is here to be the death of the good old blue dot navigation.

Augmented reality is on the rise. AR creates an interactive experience of the real world in a digital space using multiple sensory inputs such as visuals, sounds, perceptual, and auditory by computer-generated data and information, 

This critical innovation has piqued the interest of many geospatial and GIS scientists and personnel, making it a hot topic in the field of mapping and navigation.

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Soon, you can expect maps to show you roads with the signs, the traffic, and even the stores on your way to your destination. You can also expect indoor mapping of some public places that you could not usually visit. 

It opens avenues for a variety of cultural experiences throughout the world for people. Think museums, cultural attractions, monuments, and places far and wide. (For instance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is in New York, could potentially be seen from the inside by people sitting thousands of miles away.)

This technology can play a crucial role in overcoming navigational challenges. It will help eliminate location doubts and issues that a lot of people face globally, especially when visiting new places.

Now, this might be a little different from Street View that a lot of us are familiar with. Augmented reality uses wayfinding and navigation technology.  And amalgamating both to create location and navigation services that are accurate, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing.

Tech giants such as Apple and Google have been working around trying to find ways to integrate Augmented reality into general navigation. This breakthrough could lead to massive data-driven navigation that would not only be helpful, but also insightful in terms of visual, auditory, and olfactory sensations that would help people understand their surroundings better.

Augmented reality would give navigation a new face, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for this powerful, sophisticated, and beautiful technology.