Google Maps, and Streetview are both amazing technologies that allow us to explore the world in ways that we’d never thought possible. But there is always another leap in technology that will make us say the same thing again. In this article we will explore that idea, what is next in virtual tour technology and maps integrations. Guessing the future can always be tricky because we don’t know the timelines of emerging technologies or how they will play out practically.
Here’s an interesting possibility; Google maps is already able to turn the satellite images into 3d objects in Google maps. Is the next iteration of this technology turning everything into a 3d object whereby creating a truly virtual world, all derived from satellite imagery? That last one might be a long shot but what can the industry actually look forward to in the next 5 years or so? Here’s a hot take: Google will likely buy existing virtual tour overlay technologies that already exist and integrate them directly into Google maps for and even deeper experience of the business. Here’s an example of this type of technology: enhanced tours. This type of merging of technologies will add a lot of functionality to the existing Streetview system. At the end of the day, platforms like Google and Yelp are tools that will grow and expand to further meet the needs of it’s users. In the case of many businesses, they are trying to connect with customers. By continually adding new functionalities to these pages they grow their brand but also help the people that use their products.