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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Google Maps Adds Indoor Floor Plans for Desktop
Google Maps is already the easiest way to map and plan out your trip to Grandma’s. Many iPhone users learned that when the app disappeared from iOS 6 and they had to find new ways of getting from point A to point B.
Now, Google wants to make it easier for you to map and plan out your holiday travel and shopping expeditions too, with indoor floor plans you can view on your web browser. Until now, indoor maps were only available on Android devices.
“Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip,” Google Maps posted in a message on Google+.
Floor plans for over 10,000 locations worldwide are available on your web browser, such as stores, train stations, airports and museums. You can use it to plan the fastest route through the mall, or make sure you know how to get from the taxi to the airport gate without running all over the airport.
“Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps and you’ll automatically see a detailed floor plan with helpful labels for gates at the airport, stores within the mall, departments within a retail shop, as well as ATMs, restrooms and more,” Google wrote.
Google also offers a tool to let venue owners add their own floor plans to Google Maps. You can see a list of participating locations across the globe right here.