Google Maps testing 3D buildings during navigation on app & Android Auto

   Google Maps has been your go-to guide for navigating the concrete jungle in 3D, but now it's kicking things up a notch. The app is testing a feature that brings 3D buildings into play not just when you're leisurely exploring, but also during navigation on both the mobile app and Android Auto.

Previously, you had to toggle a layer to make those impressive 3D structures pop up on your screen. They've been gracing the map whether you're strolling through a bustling city or a quieter neighborhood. However, the twist in the tale was that, until recently, these 3D wonders were MIA while you were cruising along your route.

Well, that's changing.

Some savvy users on Android and iOS platforms have noticed that Google Maps is now treating them to 3D buildings while they're in the thick of navigation. There's a catch, though – you need to activate the 3D view before you start your journey, and it works best when you're nicely zoomed in. The exact rollout date is a bit of a mystery, but it seems like this feature is a recent addition to the Google Maps experience. Exciting times for map enthusiasts!

If you thought the 3D magic was confined to your smartphone, think again. There's a whisper that this feature is making its way to Google Maps on Android Auto for a select few.

While the rest of us were busy navigating our way without the 3D spectacle on Android Auto, some keen-eyed users on Reddit caught a glimpse of those towering structures on the in-car display. The twist? These 3D buildings gracefully fade into transparency when they decide to photobomb your route. It's like having your own augmented reality experience right in the car!

Now, don't get too excited just yet. This seems to be in the testing phase, and not everyone is getting a front-row seat. A handful of lucky users stumbled upon this feature around mid-December, and it seems like more explorers are noticing it this week, according to one eagle-eyed BNCN News reader. Buckle up – it looks like Google Maps is gearing up for a 3D joyride on Android Auto!

Have you noticed those impressive 3D buildings while navigating with Google Maps? Share your experience with us in the comments! Tell us which devices you've spotted this feature on. Your insights could be the key to unlocking the 3D wonders for more fellow explorers!

Image: Reddit