Google Maps adopts ‘Vibe Check’ for neighborhood listings

“Vibe Shift” Google Maps has arrived.

At its Search On announcement event on Wednesday, Google showed off several funky new Maps features, one of which is Tilt On th eway For Gen Z trends. Soon, users will be able to “vibe check” — yes, you read that right — in any neighborhood they plan to visit, as well as search for monuments and restaurants while navigating to a destination with their phone’s camera. Be amazed at the 3D renders.

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The new Neighborhood Vibe feature (as it’s officially called) is designed to give users A bird’s-eye view of everything popular or loved in a particular neighborhood. These recommendations are based on a fuzzy combination of artificial intelligence and local user reviews and photos.

Google says the feature will roll out to both the Android and iOS apps in the “coming months”. To demo the new Maps feature, Google used Paris’ historic Latin Quarter as an example rather than anything else in vogue for the Gen Z set — a reminder that “vibes” aren’t just hip, trendy coffee shops. In may apply too much and bars.

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The Latin Quarter’s vibes are immaculate.
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A few things stand out about this new feature. First, it appears that the maps will draw boundaries for neighborhoods, which can produce strange results in some areas where locals dispute which neighborhood a particular block actually is. Second, not every neighborhood has quite the rich history of monuments as the Latin Quarter of Paris. , (hopefully the first result for my old neighborhood 90s Hollywood-themed Burger King, It’s actually the Pantheon of Brooklyn.)

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Immerse Yourself in Maps

Of course, neighborhood vibes aren’t the only new thing coming to Google Maps, though this next feature could theoretically be used for vibe checks as well.

Launching Wednesday, you’ll also be able to see “photorealistic aerial views” of 250 3D-modeled landmarks around the world, including the Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis. This is a teaser for a fully featured “immersive view” feature that is launching at a later unspecified date. Announced back at Google I/O in May, Immersive View lets you peek inside restaurants and other buildings to give you an idea of ​​what to expect if you decide to visit.

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As a millennial (who’s like Gen Z but with more lower back pain), I’ll definitely be using the immersive view to check my own vibe. I know I’m not the only one who worries about restaurants not having enough seating for a group, so the ability to check out the layout in 3D is helpful when planning dinner with friends Might be possible.

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The last big, new toy for Google Maps users announced Wednesday is an enhancement to Live View, the feature that lets you navigate from street level using your phone’s camera. Google is adding a search function to Live View, so if you need to get some cash to a Hollywood Burger King, just hold up your phone camera and move it around until you see where the closest Where is the ATM hidden? The scene will also show train stations, coffee shops, and other local landmarks.

It’s launching in New York, San Francisco, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris “in the coming months”.

While Google didn’t use the full “vibe check” Gen Z terminology with all of these announcements, that’s the takeaway from these new features. Part of being a fashionable young person is knowing exactly what you’re getting into before spending a night on the town. If you’re ready you don’t need to be ready be ready…and neighborhood vibes, immersive views, and live view search will all help you do just that.

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And if you ever find yourself in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, make sure you use all of these new Google Maps features to track down that cute Burger King with the big portrait of Dr. Evil directly to the left of the entrance. Let’s use. I guarantee your Instagram and TikTok numbers will soar like an eagle, thanks to characters from movies that are older than most users of those apps.

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