Google launches indoor maps for malls, museums

Google launches indoor maps for malls, museums
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Google launches indoor maps for malls, museums. From high-end global fashion stores to movie theatres and even supermarkets, Indian malls are rapidly evolving into convenient—yet massive—one-stop entertainment hubs.

From high-end global fashion stores to movie theatres and even supermarkets, Indian malls are rapidly evolving into convenient—yet massive—one-stop entertainment hubs. But to get lost in such crowded locations is pretty normal these days, unless of course you are a regular visitor and know the exact geography of these premises. For those who are unfamiliar with these shopping havens and are prone to losing their way, help is round the corner.

Google, with its incredible knowledge of the internet, has introduced a unique service called the ‘Indoor Google Maps’ by means of which a user can access detailed floor plans for 75 popular indoor venues in India with just a few easy swipes.

The service will initially be available at select locations in 22 cities including Hyderabad, Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Ahmedabad. Google has worked with 75 partners across these cities to bring ‘Indoor Google Maps’ for top indoor venues. Put simply, these maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand. Detailed floor plans will automatically appear when you are using the Google Maps app on iOS and Android-powered mobile phones, and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available.
“Using indoor maps, users will find it easy to locate stores, especially in an unfamiliar shopping mall or when they plan a visit to a museum like Salar Jung. With ‘Indoor Google Maps’, people can access detailed floor plans for indoor venues with a few easy swipes,” said Suren Ruhela, Google India director and product manager (Maps).
“The initiative by Google is purely a partnership-driven effort with mall owners where they upload the floor plans to integrate with Google Maps,” he added.
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