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Google maps goes indoors

2011-11-30 12:07

San Francisco - Google's next frontier in digital mapping will span the world's shopping malls and airports.

In an upgrade released on Tuesday, Google unveiled a feature that will include indoor directions within stores, malls, airports and transit centers in the US and Japan.

The indoor directions include two retailers known for their labyrinth stores - Home Depot and Ikea. Macy's and Bloomingdales also have shared the floor plans of a few of their biggest stores. The Mall of America in Minnesota and 16 US airports also are included in Google's initial index of indoor directions.

For now, Google's indoor maps can only be viewed on smartphones and tablet computers that run on the company's Android software. That's still a potentially huge audience because more than 550 000 Android-powered devices are activated each day.

Comments
  • scottdavies123 - 2011-11-30 13:00

    FINALLY - I won't get lost in Sandton! Come on Google - let's include SA's malls!

  • Takudzwa - 2011-11-30 18:20

    mmmm...what an ambiguous idea!!..it will be OK and more practical when its a small start-up firm offering such specialised indoor NFC powered map services to shopping malls and airports that make sense...Google is not as smart as they think...like most of their products it has less than 50% effective rate of innovation.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-11 16:21

    mmmmmm....better for the crooks/robbers to plan....theft

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