The company originally introduced the AR navigation feature at a developers conference past year.
Google gave The Wall Street Journal early access access to the AR mode feature, and the publication took it for a spin to test out its capabilities.
While navigation by way of Google Maps is, for the most part, a smooth process for pedestrians, there's usually an awkward moment of failed orientation when you first start the feature and try and line yourself up with the little blue dot.
Google Maps' new AR-powered navigation is going to be a really important step forward for navigation once the feature is actually rolled out to everyone.
Author David Pierce states that Google has only made the feature available to some users for testing at the moment and expects a wider release "later", as some aspects of the user interface still need refinement. Next, it uses a camera to generate a more accurate location with 3D arrows that tell you where to turn.
He described how the feature worked - the app picks up a person's location via Global Positioning System (GPS), and then uses Street View data to narrow it down to the exact location.
Surprisingly though, Google doesn't want you to depend on AR too much when you're on trips. This way, the feature also helps save your phone's battery as the experience simply switches to the regular map interface when you put your phone down.
Google didn't announce when the Google Maps AR navigation feature will be downloadable for everyone, however, it will be interesting to see how it will elevate people's routes in the near future.