Using AI in Maps

Target audience – Secondary Education students from 1st to 3rd grade of High School  

Age Group – 16 to 18

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Short overview of scenario

AI is on the rise of many industries and of course there would be no interactive maps without using AI. In this scenario, we will look at how map applications make use of AI, and which are the AI components of these applications.

AI is a crucial part of Google Maps, but… why does it make so easily accessible and user friendly; roads are mapped over 10 times faster than five years ago, and they are full of useful information, such as traffic conditions, to virtually every corner of the world. In this learning scenario, we will find out how AI works in the background of this application.

Scenario description

In this learning scenario, students will be able to get an insight on how AI works in terms of Google maps and how it gives us exact information and details on traffic conditions. Additionally, they will be able to find out how Live View works and how they can use it better for their benefit. In general, the learners will receive accurate and factual information by the teacher about how AI works in the background in such applications. Last, but not least, they will sharpen their critical way of thinking and learn why AI is necessary in our daily routines, especially when using digital tools and applications.

Scenario Objectives

  1. Students can realize the meaning of the AI 
  2. Students to realize how AI works in maps
  3. Students can identify the “hidden” AI parts in maps applications


Each student should:

1.  have access to a computer (PC, laptop) or a Smartphone

2. have Internet access 

3. download the Google maps application

Outline plan 

Activity 1 Using Google Maps app. Subject: Traffic conditions & routes
Timing45 minutes 
MethodsStudents carrying out a practical activity
What the tutor is doingDirecting students to proper use of Google Maps. The teacher:indicates the students to open the application on their smartphones/ directions to the students on how to use the app and what to look forindicates the students to pick a route randomly and guess how the app works and how it collects feedback for the traffic and route conditionsasks each group of students to present their ideas and thoughtsAt the end of the activity, the teacher presents the correct answers and fives feedback how AI works in Google maps.After that the teachers recaps with a video on how AI works in maps.
What the learners are doingIn groups of two (2), the students will work by following the teacher’s instructors.
The students: open the Google Maps app, look for a random route check the traffic conditions, try to guess how the app works and how it collects feedback for the traffic and route condition, present their opinions to the teacher. 
Equipment and SupportComputers/ laptops/ smartphones with internet access
Link to AI@School CurriculumAI and existing technologies. Understand and recognise where AI is already commonly used. 
Assessment of/for learningAbility of students to think to the right direction and guess/ find valid information.The teacher gives feedback according to the students’ replies and indicates the correct answers and information
Resources/links/relevant content/ExamplesGoogle Maps 101: How AI helps predict traffic and determine routes ( 
Activity 2 Discussion about how AI works on Live View on Google Maps app
Timing45 minutes
MethodsTeacher proposes a potential situation, and the learners discuss this in groups
What the tutor is doingThe teacher explains the situation:“Imagine that you are in a foreign country, and you need to travel by train to reach your final destination. However, you have no idea about where each venue/store is located in the train station. How would use your smartphone to find the elevators, restrooms, and an ATM machine?”
After students presenting their ideas in groups, the teacher directs them to the correct information
What the learners are doingThe students are divided in groups of two.
They discuss about:- whether it is actually beneficial to get AI to find the information they need rather than finding it for themselves- in which way they will use AI to reach their goal.
After completing the task, the students present in groups their findings and thoughts
Equipment and SupportComputers/ laptops/ smartphones with internet access
Link to AI@School CurriculumAI and existing technologies. Understand and recognise where AI id already commonly used.
Assessment of/for learningDid they understand the point of carrying out the activity?Did they see a benefit in doing it for themselves? How does AI help in terms of giving live directions & live street views?
Resources/links/relevant content/ExamplesGoogle Maps 

Our notes from practice

Based on the two activities, the students will have the opportunity to have a closer look at how AI works practically and why it is functional and an integral part of our lives in this modern world. The students will be able to make their own research and learn where AI is “hidden” in such cases. This will be succeeded also through discussions and conversations with the teacher who will be the one responsible for providing them with the right way of thinking as well as correct information on AI subjects. In this way, the learners will feel more confident when using such apps and talking about AI.


Title: Google maps secrets. How exactly does Google maps work?URL: Description: A short video explaining how Google maps works and it gives accurate t information on traffic conditions 
Title: How to use Live View in Google maps / PixelURL: Short Description: A short video on how to use Live View on Google maps and navigate better on Android devices. 
Title: How to use Live View in Google maps URL: Description: A short video on how to use Live View on Google maps and navigate better 

Curriculum Constructs

AI@School Curriculum Area

AI and Existing Technologies – Understand and recognise where AI is already commonly used


Authors; Attwell, G., Bekiaridis, G., Blatsios, S., De Smet, G., Gerrard, A., Rennie, I., Orcasitas-Vicandi, M., Roman, G., Sapountzi, M., Schevernels, M. 

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