The heavily detailed indoor floor plans of various buildings in the United States and selected other countries have been available for Google Android users for a year and now this amazing feature is also available for users accessing Google via the web.
Indoor maps on the Android had proved very popular and now the same maps are available through Google Maps.
The maps show the floor plans of cultural, retail and transit locations including shopping centres, museums and train stations.
Google announced the update for Google maps through a blog post saying: “The indoor floor plans that you’ve been using on Google Maps for Android to figure out where you are and what’s around you within many popular indoor locations are now available on Google Maps for your desktop!
“Before heading home for the holidays, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip. 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, restroom and more.”
Google consider the maps to be “easy to use” and have provided a lost of some of the participating locations that are part of the indoor floor plans and maps provided by Google Maps.
While the floor plans will prove very useful to all users looking to find their way around complicated or large buildings the maps will also be a useful tool for businesses who want to be able to direct customers and clients to the correct areas of their buildings as fast as possible and with the least confusion.
Owners of venues are being encouraged by Google to contact them and to add their own floor plan to the Google Maps Floor Plan tool.
Submitting a floor plan to Google is free however there is no indication from Google as to how long it will be before the floor plan makes it onto Google Maps.
Google say that they already have more than 10,000 floor plans and indoor maps with buildings mapped in nine different countries including in the UK, US and Japan.
Could Google indoor floor plans mean the end of anyone ever being lost? Well, it is looking like it is becoming increasingly difficult to say you are late for an appointment because you couldn’t find the way.