Cartography of the great indoors with Google Maps 6.0

Today Google Maps for Android received version 6.0 as a belated present for its sixth birthday this month. The big feature with today’s update comes to mapping the great indoors.

When you’re inside an airport, shopping mall, retail store, or other public space, Google Maps 6.0 for Android brings the freestanding map directory to the palm of your hands — helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where to go indoors. For example, in this busy travel season, you can use Google Maps 6.0 to help you find your way around airports.

Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed-in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar “blue dot” icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.

The indoor maps are offered with a select few popular indoor locations currently. The picture below demonstrates the new level of detail available to Mall of America’s visitors with the new update (right) compared to what used to be available (left).

We’ve initially partnered with some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan, including:

  • Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot, select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Daimaru, Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi locations and more. Watch an IKEA demo here.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Narita International (NRT), among others.
  • JR and Tokyu Corporation
If you want to get your floor plans into Google Maps, you can visit http://maps.google.com/help/maps/floorplans/


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Posted by Jason Hamilton | November 29, 2011  |  No Comment