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Now when lost inside a building, simply open Google Maps on your Android smartphone and it’ll tell you where to go. You could be running late for a plane as you look for terminal 55 at Sydney Airport or leisurely walking through the Museum of Contemporary Arts, either way, Google’s Maps will generate a floor plan and guide you on you way.
It works by combining local cell-tower data with nearby WiFi networks and it’ll triangulate your position down to the floor you’re on. Viewing a building’s floor plan is as simple as pinching it.
Google’s Partnerships Manager for ANZ, Jamie Woodbridge, said in a statement:
“Indoor Google Maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand – helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and how to get to where you want to be. In some locations, you’ll even be able to use the familiar “blue dot” icon that indicates your approximate location – even when you’re inside. This means that when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.”
Google is continuing to map the schematics of more locations, but as CNet points out, we can’t imagine every building will consent to the process.