Google Maps Use AI For Travel Time Improvement And User Accuracy

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  • Google is hoping that its Deepmind AI technology could help narrow the gap
  • The AI technology has improved real-time ETAs by up to 50 percent in cities like Berlin, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Sydney among others
  • Google will try to integrate the AI tech to offer similar solutions in markets like India as well

Web mapping service Google Maps are largely used for navigation purposes across the world. Billions of mobile devices use the device to get an accurate path to their travel destination. The company has recently pointed out that the accuracy of the services has been spot-on for over 97 per cent times.

For the remaining 3 per cent, there is still some work to be done. Hence, Google hopes that its Deepmind AI technology could help narrow the gap.

DeepMind AI Technology 

As reported earlier, Google has used real-time traffic data viable through GPS to estimate travel time. For this, DeepMind would help in improving the location as well as travel time accuracy with future predictions. It has also created a graphic neutral network, which looks at a further set of data. 

This will include road quality, speed limits, and closures to gauge future traffic situations. With the help of this, Google Maps would be able to alert the users before even they start their journey. 

Real-time ETAs

The work is reported that to have already made a positive impact on Google Maps and its users. The AI technology has improved real-time ETAs by up to 50 percent in cities like Berlin, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Sydney among others.

Despite impressive results, Google admits that preempting traffic before it forms is a tough trick to pull off. Google will try to integrate the AI tech to offer similar solutions in markets like India as well. But the large geographic mass and heavy density of people could be a challenge to make it a success.

It has also been revealed in a report that Google might finally be preparing to roll out app wide dark mode for Google Maps users. The company is testing the full fledged roll out of a dark theme for Maos. 

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