– Google Maps may be getting an integrated AI chatbot, according to code hidden in the latest beta version of the app for Android.
– The code mentions in-app conversations and includes the line “you’re talking with a chatbot”.
– Details about the chatbot’s form, purpose, and integration with Google Maps are still unclear.
– It is speculated that the chatbot could be used for submitting reviews and comments, providing travel advice, and fielding questions from users to businesses.
– Google has been focusing on AI in its apps and services, so the arrival of this feature would not be surprising.
– There has been no official confirmation or announcement from Google regarding the chatbot.
Google hasn’t been shy about pushing artificial intelligence into its various apps and services, and it seems that the venerable Google Maps could be next in line to get an integrated AI chatbot of its own.
Code hidden in the latest beta version of Google Maps for Android, as spotted by Android Authority, makes various mentions of in-app conversations – including the line “you’re talking with a chatbot”, which sort of gives the game away.
However, only a few strings of related code have been spotted so far, so we don’t have too much more information about this chatbot in terms of what form it will take, what it’s designed to do, and how it will integrate with the rest of Google Maps.
Nothing is certain yet, and of course Google could easily change its mind about the Maps chatbot – but given the company’s focus on AI these last few months, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this new feature arriving in the app very soon.
Without any official word from Google, we’re left to speculate what an AI chatbot in Google Maps might do. As Android Authority points out, it could well be something to do with submitting reviews and comments to Google Maps, perhaps via the Local Guides program.
The line of code that says “thank you for your contribution” certainly backs that up. Perhaps a chatbot might swing into action when you’ve visited a place, asking what your experience was like or what you thought of the service.
Another possibility is that the upcoming bot will actually give you travel advice: what to see in a particular area, where the best places to stay are, and so on. This would be similar to the advice that Google Bard (now with Google Maps integration) can already give.
AI chatbots might also be used to field questions from Google Maps users to businesses – questions about opening hours and facilities, for example. Right now, these questions can be posted and answered by humans, but AI might be about to step in.
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Google Maps may soon be getting its own integrated AI chatbot, according to code hidden in the latest beta version of the app for Android. The code mentions in-app conversations and includes the line “you’re talking with a chatbot.” While there is limited information about the chatbot’s form and functionality, speculation suggests it could involve submitting reviews and comments to Google Maps or providing travel advice. The chatbot may also be used to field questions from users to businesses. Given Google’s recent focus on AI, it is likely that this new feature will be introduced to the app soon.