Google Maps for Australia heads indoors
Google Maps has become the go-to guide for finding addresses for millions of people around the world, where instead of shuffling around piles of maps on your car seat, you can get simple directions at the touch of a button.
It seems Android users will get better direction with finding places indoors, with Google allowing these users to find their way around buildings such as shopping centres, airports, train stations and more!
A number of countries are set to benefit from indoor Google Maps including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore – and yes, even Australia!
"Indoor Google Maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand – helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and how to get to where you want to be," Google Australian and New Zealand partnerships manager Jamie Woodbridge posted on March 13.
"In some locations, you’ll even be able to use the familiar 'blue dot' icon that indicates your approximate location – even when you’re inside. This means that 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."
Woodbridge says this is just the start, with Google planning to add new indoor maps to public buildings around Australia over the rest of the years, which will help to give a much "stronger sense of direction and purpose".
Iconic Australian buildings such as Flinders Street Station and Queen Victoria Building have had their floor plans uploaded to Google Maps, with the maps automatically appearing when you zoom in on a location and fading away when you zoom out.
Other buildings that have been included in Google Maps are the Westfield malls, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne airports, IKEA retail stores and the Sydney Opera House.
Posted by April Revake.