Today Google introduced Google Maps 6.0 for Android which features indoor maps for establishments like malls, airports, and retail stores. Now, air travelers don't have to bother with information booths and freestanding maps: Via your Android based phone Google Maps can provide directions to your gate, the nearest coffee shop or bathroom.
Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. User will see the familiar 'blue dot' icon indicating your location within several feet, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.
Google has 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, Taskashimaya 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