Google indexes the real world using AI-powered Street View cameras

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Google has taken its Street View Project to the next level. The company decided to upgrade its mapping vehicles with brand-new AI-powered camera systems in order to capture better images, sharper details and more vibrant colors.

Google Maps AI cameras will improve search engine results

The implementation of AI systems on Google’s Street View has even deeper implications. AI will allow Google Maps to improve indexing and search engine results. In other words, AI will index the world around us and will allow Google to answer ambiguous context-dependent queries, such as this one: “What are the opening hours of that bike rental center near the shopping center?”

With the help of a simple algorithm that automatically detects and recognizes text in images, Google will quickly pop up the answer. At the same time, the new AI-powered system will also be able to index recent address changes and improve Google Maps’ accuracy.

The new AI algorithms can analyze millions of signs and storefronts and index huge piles of data such as streets—signs, business names, opening hours, etc. in Google’s digital mapping database.

Implications for self-driving cars

By using AI to index the streets of your city, Google will also boost its self-driving cars’ navigation capabilities. The new images will contain a series of important information that will reduce a bit the number of decisions that self-driving car software needs to take. At the same time, thanks to this new approach, Google will be able to create an exhaustive list of destinations, and thus make self-driving car navigation easier.

When you’ll set the destination in your self-driving car interface, a network of near-by possible destinations will also appear. In this manner, the car will have already a series of pre-set possible destinations at its disposal. This network will come in very handy when you need to leave the first destination and go somewhere else, but you don’t know the exact address. You can simply describe to the car where you want to go, and it will offer you a series of possible destinations.

Google first indexed the web with the help of its search engine. Now, the company is using Street View to index the real world.
What do you think about this new approach?

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