If you’re visiting an airport, shopping mall or retail store, you probably look for a freestanding directory to figure out where you are or ask an employee, which often is less than helpful. To put the power in your hands, Google has released Google Maps 6.0 so that you can easily figure out where you are, what floor you’re on and where you need to go. This is similar to the configuration of My Location for outdoor spaces but fine tuned for indoors.
Your outdoor position on My Location is shown with the familiar blue dot to make sure you know where you are and avoid walking in the wrong direction on unfamiliar city streets or hiking trail. You also get additional details like landmarks and geographical features, which adds context about what’s nearby.
Now at a growing list of indoor locations, you can see the familiar blue dot icon that targets where you are to within several meters and when you move up or down a level in a building, the interface will automatically update to which floor you’re on.
Google has started by partnering with an impressive lineup of retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan. These partnerships include:
“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 Tokyo Corporation”
Click on Indoor Maps availability to see a detailed list of available locations.
Click on New Magical Blue Circle on Your Map to learn more about “My Location”.