Google has Applied patent for ‘location by taking a photo of a landmark’

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Application from Google get’s the go-ahead, the solution might be as simple as snapping a pic of the nearest landmark. Uploading the image to Mountain View’s servers, it’ll compare your image to its geographical database of images and work out the closest match before sending you back your location. It’s quite interesting, but it seems rather impractical. Sure, it might be useful for situations where your GPS can’t seem to get an accurate lock, but I assume this would need a data connection and Google Maps has been quite accurate at finding my position based on my cellular connection.

Source: USPTO
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