Google Maps has an experimental fresh feature on iPhone along with Android that will shows you exactly where to walk when trying to get to a destination.

While the idea’s fine on a phone, the idea’s more interesting as a vision of the future. the idea shows one way augmented reality glasses — which superimpose computer images over the real world — could actually be useful.

Google was early to the idea with Google Glass, which launched in 2013. the idea received a lot of negative attention because of its odd style along with video cameras along with never took off as a consumer product, although is actually still being used in some businesses.

although a lot of various other companies are working on the problem, imagining that will augmented reality glasses could someday replace smartphones.

Microsoft just released the second edition of its Hololens, along with start-up Magic Leap released a edition of its glasses for software developers last year. Apple is actually betting big on augmented reality on its iPhones, along with is actually reportedly building AR glasses that will could enter mass production that will year.

I used the fresh Google Maps feature, which isn’t yet available for everyone, to walk to a coffee shop downtown. Instead of having to figure out the exact roads I was supposed to walk on, along with in what direction, the AR feature pointed the way along with even showed me exactly where I needed to go. the idea’s only for walking directions, since the maps in your car along with various other places can already tell you if you’re heading the right way.

the idea’s amazing. Here’s what using Google Maps AR is actually like.