AutoNavi’s popular map app introduces AR driving navigation feature

The app, also known as Amap, is supposed to be smart. The new AR feature recognizes objects in the surrounding environment, including passing vehicles, pedestrians, lane lines, traffic signs and traffic lights, the company said.

AutoNavi’s popular map app introduces AR driving navigation feature
AutoNavi’s popular map app introduces AR driving navigation feature

AutoNavi’s popular map app introduces AR driving navigation feature

Gaode, the navigation mobile app has launched a new feature which will warn drivers of upcoming collisions, pedestrians as well as traffic lights. This augmented reality navigation is expected to make driving a little less stressful. Autonavi is the owner of Gaode and owned by Alibaba. To make the feature a reality, Gaode has been cooperating with the Alibaba Damo Academy’s Vision Lab.

The app, also known as Amap, is supposed to be smart. The new AR feature recognizes objects in the surrounding environment, including passing vehicles, pedestrians, lane lines, traffic signs and traffic lights, the company said. The feature also has driving safety assistance, which offers vehicle distance monitoring and warnings for things ahead like potential collisions, traffic lights and pedestrians.

AutoNavi says that the feature is currently supported by a limited number of Android phones. The company added that support for iPhones and other brands will be available in the near future. US tech giants have their own AR navigation solutions, but they’re not available for drivers yet.

In August last year, Google rolled out Google Maps Live, which offers AR walking directions to owners of its Pixel smartphones. Google Maps Live gives pedestrians’ arrows to see where to go when they look at the street through the phone which is similar to the Gaode feature. But the feature can’t be used unless the user is a pedestrian. This is where Gaode stands out.