Published on February 2, 2024, 9:09 pm
Google Maps is about to become a lot more helpful when it comes to deciding where to go. With the integration of generative AI, Google is aiming to make your navigation experience even better.
We’ve all been in that situation where we’re out with friends, trying to choose a place to eat, only to be met with indecisiveness. It’s frustrating when everyone claims not to have a preference, but then offers countless suggestions once you propose something. Well, Google wants to put an end to that.
By incorporating generative AI into Google Maps, they are essentially introducing a personal assistant within the app. This intelligent assistant will assist you in discovering new places and upcoming restaurants based on your preferences and specifications.
This update utilizes generative AI and large language models, leveraging data from over 250 million places on Google Maps and insights from 300 million contributors who have shared their ratings, reviews, and photos. All you need to do is input your request into Google Maps, and it will provide you with a variety of suggestions. You can even ask follow-up questions for more specific recommendations.
For example, if you’re looking for “places with a vintage vibe in SF,” Google Maps might suggest thrift stores, record shops, or flea markets. And if you decide you want lunch afterwards, the AI assistant will take your original request into account while offering suggestions.
What makes this feature truly remarkable is its ability to adapt and improvise. Let’s say you’re meeting up with friends but are suddenly faced with a downpour. No problem! You can simply ask Google Maps for rainy-day activities and subsequently narrow it down to kid-friendly indoor options.
Google intends to first trial this AI integration with their dedicated group of users known as “Local Guides” in the U.S., who have significantly contributed through reviews or ratings. Although there isn’t a specific release date yet for the wider rollout of this feature, it holds incredible potential to become a practical and indispensable tool for all users.
No more struggling to find a restaurant that suits everyone’s preferences, no more decision paralysis due to the overwhelming choices, and definitely no more wasting time searching while feeling hungry. With Google Maps’ AI assistant, finding somewhere to go will become a hassle-free experience.