Google Maps Now Indoors

Google has announced an exciting update to their Google Maps application. They now have the ability to map indoors. Check this quick video intro.

Google says its been able to fine tune the location based services it uses for mapping. Namely, GPS, Cell Towers, and WiFi Hotspots. Google claims they do not require the location to add any new hardware. Detailed floor plans automatically appear when they are available. You are highlighted with the familiar blue dot.

Comparison of Mall of America Before and After Google Maps Indoors

This is very exciting and the applications can be really useful:

  • Airports: Helps you find your gate, your check-in counter, and the snack bars
  • Schools: Helps you find your class
  • Malls: Never need to find the mall directory again, easier to find right parking near the entrance you want

Take a look at how it works for IKEA.

Initially, this is available for large airports and retailers in US and Japan. But if you are a business owner and is interested in getting your floorplan to Google, you can submit it to maps.google.com/floorplans

The app is also initially available for Web and Android only with no announcements yet if Google will let Apple have it.

List of Google Maps Indoors Floorplans

United States

  • Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
  • Boise International Airport (BOI)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Houston International Airport (IAH)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • DDR Corp. shopping centers in Puerto Rico, including Plaza del Atl├íntico in Arecibo, Plaza del Sol in Bayamon, Plaza Rio Hondo in Bayamon, Plaza del Norte in Hatillo, Plaza Palma Real in Humacao and Senorial Plaza in Rio Piedras
  • Vallco Shopping mall in Cupertino, CA
  • Brixmor Property Group including Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles, CA
  • Mall of America
  • Macy’s*
  • Bloomingdale’s*
  • Home Depot*
  • Ikea*

*Various locations

Japan

  • Narita International Airport
  • Haneda Airport, International Terminal
  • Haneda Airport, Domestic Terminal
  • JR East in Tokyo and Chiba (main stations)
  • Tokyu Corporation (main stations)
  • Tokyo Midtown
  • Daimaru
  • Matsuzakaya
  • Tokyu
  • Mitsukoshi
  • Takashimaya
  • Odakyu
  • Isetan
  • Keio
  • Matsuya
  • Seibu
  • Tobu
  • Printems Ginza
  • Marui
  • Marunouchi Building
  • Shin-Marunouchi Building
  • Marunouchi OAZO
  • Marunouchi BRICK SQUARE
  • TOKIA Tokyo Building
  • Shibuya 109
  • 109 MEN’S
  • Miraikan
  • Roppongi Hills
  • Venus Fort
  • Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro
  • DECKS TOKYO BEACH
  • remy gotanda
  • LaLa port TOYOSU
  • The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

Indoor Maps is available for your Android 2.2 or above device in Google Maps for mobile version 6.0 or above.

 

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