Today, Google announced that “photorealistic aerial views” will be added to around 100 Landmarks in Google Maps. The new feature will provide users with an aerial perspective of famous landmarks in cities such as San Francisco, Tokyo, Barcelona, London, and New York.
The Aerial view feature is the first step toward the company’s previously stated “immersive view.” It allows users to access interior views as well as traffic and weather information layered on the map. Later this year, the immersive view will be available in Los Angeles, London, New York City, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
Google Maps has also introduced cycling routes, which allow cyclists to see if they are riding on major or small roads, whether the routes require stairs, and whether heavy traffic is expected.
One of the interesting new features is that users may share their location with friends and family, who will receive notifications if they arrive or depart the location.
Aerial view and shared location features for iOS and Android are rolling out globally. The cycling route information, on the other hand, will be available in the “coming weeks.”