Google’s mapping software is used to create a virtual map of the entire country, and now the company is bringing its mapping services to virtual reality.
Starting today, Google Maps for VR is making its debut at VR conferences.
The new virtual reality version of Google Maps lets users “find the perfect place” for their next vacation by using Google Maps in VR, according to a post on Google’s developer blog.
“Google Maps is the easiest way to find exactly what you’re looking for in a single location, and we’ve built the experience to be fun, intuitive, and fun to use.
We’ve built a new version of the experience with more accurate weather information, a zoomable map of each area, and more detailed real-time traffic information, all while providing the most accurate and complete maps for every destination you visit,” the post reads.
“You can get directions to all of your favorite destinations with a tap or swipe from your virtual map,” it adds.
The app can also provide “top-level directions to hotels, museums, restaurants, and many other local attractions” and shows you “where your next vacation is taking place,” according to the blog post.
Google’s VR map features a “traction mode” where users can “move freely in a virtual space” and “use virtual reality to move about a location, see details about your surroundings, and experience virtual reality in the same way as you would with a traditional map,” according the blog.
Google Maps has been available in VR since 2015 and was recently introduced as a beta at Google’s Google I/O conference.
Google has also recently launched an official Google VR app for the Oculus Rift, which is also coming to Google’s headsets this fall.
For more information on Google VR, check out this Ars Technica article.