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Google Maps is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of the company’s smart assistant future – Business Insider

As we move into the next age of the internet Google wants to insert an AI “smart” assistant in your life that can answer life’s many questions and offer advice as far as what new Thai place is in town. The first step of this plan will be implemented through Google Maps. Google Maps has collected millions of pieces of data that will give Google the data it needs to know you better than you know yourself.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google Maps looks towards the future by using “geographic data” to provide you the right information at the right time. Which can be later possibly used as a personal assistant type device.
  • While map software used to have interest in maps, Google is leading the way with increased mapping tactics and millions of user contributions to improve results. Google someday plans to have “crowdsource real-time traffic and predictions” included with this data.
  • Google’s smart assistant is tracking your location to give more personalized results when it comes to searches, this improves user experience.

““It reinforces that we can’t stand still,” Fitzpatrick says. “We feel an incredible sense of urgency to not just take what we have and keep it going, but to set the bar higher and be the ones who define what the next generation of maps is going to look like.””

https://www.businessinsider.com/jen-fitzpatrick-on-google-maps-2016-9