Google Maps’ new Immersive View will let you soar, drone-like, through cities

If you’ve lost hours exploring strange places on Google Maps—and loved every moment of it—Google’s new Immersive View could be an exciting prospect. Announced today at the company’s I/O conference, Immersive View will basically let you soar, drone-like, through supported cities, taking in famous sights, exploring the inside of some buildings, and no doubt sharing valuable marketing data along the way.

Google hasn’t shown it in much detail yet, but based on the gifs shared already, it kinda looks like a videogame. Think Cities: Skylines, or Civilization 6. In the example demoed during the I/O conference, London’s Big Ben is shown. You’re able to pan around Westminster Abbey, and can toggle on information including peak trading times, how hectic traffic will be, and what the weather forecast is. Once you’re done hovering, you can drop to street level to explore on foot, and in a neat twist, Immersive View simulates weather, too. Check it in the video above (it starts at 1:21):

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