Google has charted our streets, parks and oceans, and now the company is bringing its mapping technology to the indoors.
With the release of Google Maps 6.0, the search giant has launched a significant update that will allow Android users to navigate complex structures like IKEA, Macy’s and even certain airports.
If you’ve ever used Google maps to get around town, the latest update works much the same way for indoor locations. When you’re inside a building where map data is available, a little blue dot will appear that represents your current location. For example, if it’s the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Google Maps will show users a detailed layout, what floor they’re on and what retail stores are nearby.
We gave the new update a quick run through at IKEA and it worked very well. When zoomed in the map showed a detailed layout along with what aisles were where. You can even manipulate the map with a two-finger rotate gesture to really get a handle on where you currently are in relation to Kitchen and Dining. It’s easy to wander (i.e. get lost) in retailers like IKEA, so it’s a really convenient and helpful feature. Check out the above video to see what we mean.
Unfortunately, Google’s new mapping technology is only available to a small number of retailers and airports in the U.S. and Japan at the moment, but the company said it will continually be adding new indoor maps to public buildings across the world.
Those rocking Android 2.2 and higher can pick up the update now in the Android Market.
What building do you want to see mapped?