Google has revealed a new immersive view feature coming to Maps that will allow users to explore the globe like never before.
The new feature will offer users the chance to experience what a neighbourhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like almost like one is actually there without stepping a foot outside.
Users can look at the computer-generated images to see whether they like the look of an area, whether it offers whatever they’re looking for and get information about the live popularity and traffic to determine when the best time to visit might be.
The new feature promises to work on just about any phone and device and is set to start rolling out later this year in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Liz Reid, a VP of engineering at Google, explained the company was able to fuse together its satellite images and Street View shots to help creators understand, for example, the height of the buildings.