Usually when you’re inside a busy shopping mall or retail store, a common way to figure out where you are is to look for a freestanding map directory or ask an employee for help. Starting today, with the release of Indoor Google Maps for Android in Singapore, that directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where to go indoors.
The feature was first rolled out in the US in 2011, meant to help users find their way around the inside of a building.
With the Indoor Google Maps, detailed floor plans will automatically appear when users are viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. In certain locations, users will have the option of using the indoor “My Location” feature to help them navigate their way inside. The familiar “blue dot” icon can indicate the user’s approximate location, and when users move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor they are on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of My Location for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.
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According to the press release, in Google’s efforts to provide helpful Indoor Google Maps for Singaporeans, they have partnered with some of the most popular shopping destinations in Singapore, including:
- Century Square
- Hougang Mall
- ION Orchard
- Liang Court
- Mandarin Gallery
- Marina Bay Sands
- Metro (Department store in Paragon)
- Ngee Ann City
- Orchard Central
- Parkway Parade
- Scotts Square
- Suntec City
- Takashimaya (Department store in Ngee Ann)
- Tampines 1
- The Centrepoint
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Triple one
- Wheelock Place
- White Sands
- Wisma Atria
Singaporean business owner interested in getting their location’s floor plan included in Google Maps can visit maps.google.com/floorplans.
“Orchard Road Business Association is excited to partner Google in bringing Indoor Maps to Orchard Road. With these maps of indoor spaces now available to all shoppers, everyone can enjoy a more seamless shopping experience in the precinct,” said Mr. Steven Goh, Executive Director of Orchard Road Business Association, which represents several of the partners who have signed up for Google Indoor Maps.
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