- Google Maps added new features in the latest update, including some of the immersive display package.
- The most visual update is new 3D aerial images of over 100 major global landmarks.
- Other feature enhancements include improved cycling features and location notification sharing.
The landmarks, including places like the Empire State Building in New York City and Big Ben in London, are rendered in fully photo-realistic renderings. You can go to any of the selected landmarks in Google Maps and open the Photos section to see the 3D version. Google says this is just the beginning of adding the full immersive rendering feature to the app. When it rolls out later this year, travelers in select cities will be able to fly over the map or go to Street View level and see useful information such as when a restaurant is open or nearby traffic.
Google Maps has also added new route information for cyclists in this update. It now shows where you encounter steep slopes or stairs, or if there is a lot of traffic along your route. Finally, this update adds location sharing notifications. If you share your location with a family member or friend, they may be notified in the Maps app or by email when you arrive or depart from that location. This should give both you and the person you shared your location with some peace of mind.