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Is AR the new GPS for walking directions? Google thinks so.

Google released a new feature for its Maps app, and we think it’s pretty cool. The “AR Navigation Experience,” allows people who walk to see directions on real streets through the camera of their phone. Have you ever been so lost you wished there were giant blue signs in the sky to point you in the right direction? Now there are!

The new feature was rolled out to a small number of users earlier this month. The app combines Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the normal functionalities of the Google Maps app to create a completely new navigation experience.

If you’re like us, you’re excited to try out this new feature on your next walk. But, make sure to put your phone down and watch out for drivers before you cross the street. Distracted pedestrians can be a dangerous thing. But in case you forget, Google even designed an alert into app to remind you to put your phone down when walking.

We know how important it is to stay aware of your surroundings when using crosswalks, which is why we love this feature!

Hopefully soon, you can use this new feature when you’re not sure which way to go on Park Ave. in Winter Park, or how to get from Lake Eola to that hot new restaurant. For now, it’s is only available on Android phones, but we hope it will be available on all devices soon!

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