Google launches Detailed Street Maps in Brussels

The city of Brussels will be able to take advantage of a new feature on Google Maps.

A first in Belgium

Since Thursday, Brussels is the first Belgian city to be awarded Detailed Street Maps, a Google Maps feature.

It will now be possible to access “very detailed street information, including the location of sidewalks, crosswalks, and the shape and width of a street (to scale)” says the press release.

An example of the Grand Place.

Itineraries adapted to each profile

All this information will allow Brussels users to plan the most suitable route. Indeed, Detailed Street Maps adapts to the user’s profile and suggests routes accordingly. A very useful function for pedestrians in wheelchairs or with a stroller, for example.

In a societal context punctuated by the coronavirus, Google Detailed Street Maps seems to take on its full meaning. According to the press release, “since the start of the pandemic, people are more often choosing to walk or take other forms of transport solo”.

State-of-the-art function

Google Maps was launched 15 years ago, and “redefined the term ‘cards’”, proudly states the press release. Based on artificial intelligence, Google’s services are increasingly being deployed and would offer “a better understanding of urban landscapes around the world”.

For example, it is possible to be guided by Google Maps in augmented reality. Google Maps called this feature LiveView. It is accessible directly from the map. The service also offers the user useful details about stores and restaurants, such as footfall, recent reviews and photos.

“Using AI and our knowledge of cityscapes around the world, you can see where sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian areas are, as well as the shape and width of a road to scale ”says Google.

Already in place in several metropolises around the world, Google plans to make this new feature available in more than 50 cities around the world. And this, by the end of the year.

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