Google Maps is rolling out one of its most impressive updates in years — a 3D view of some of the most important cities on the planet that almost appears real.
The immersive 3D view was announced at last year’s Google I/O, but the deployment has been very slow, making it one of the slowest deployments of Google Maps. However, a Reddit user has discovered that the feature is now available in cities such as London and Berlin, so it is likely that the feature will soon be available in other parts of the world, including Spain.
This immersive view offers a 3D perspective of the most important areas of cities, allowing users to contemplate the best perspectives of cities they have not yet visited and get a better idea of the urban decoration before actually setting foot in them. The view is available after navigating to a localized area and looking at the photo gallery for that location. The label “Immersive View” appears, and clicking on it enables users to experience the view of 3D graphics that increases the vision almost as if it were real over a point in a city.
One advantage of the new immersive view of Google Maps is that it allows users to enter very popular buildings, such as Madison Square Garden in New York, via an option on the left side of the screen. This feature provides data on weather and traffic, making the experience more realistic and giving Google Maps a new perspective from which to view the most visited sites in said cities.
However, there is a downside to this view in Google Maps — it seems to consume a lot of data. Using this new function of the maps app for 30 minutes consumed 2 GB of data, which can be counterproductive if users are under a limited amount of mobile data.