Have you ever felt completely lost at the airport or in the mall? Well thanks to advancements in AI, Google Maps can now be your indoor guide. The big tech company recently announced that you'll be able to use its Live View feature to navigate indoors. While already available for use outdoors, this feature can now help you find your way through indoor settings using AR cues to guide you in the right direction.
Live View is powered by global localization, which uses AI to scan billions of Street View images to understand your orientation. Using it indoors, it can help guide you to the nearest elevator, exit, restroom, airline gate, ATM, and many other places. In addition to pointing you in the right direction, it can tell you what floor a store is on so you no longer have to find a directory or ask someone for directions. You'll now have the answers right on your phone.
Where is Indoor Live View available?
While Indoor Live View is still in the roll-out process, it is currently available on both Android and iOS in select malls in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. It will be available in the coming months in select airports, malls, and transit stations in Tokyo and Zurich, with more cities in the works.
A step in the right direction
While most of us are used to finding out way around indoors without help from Live View, we love the thought of not having to find a directory or ask for directions. And even with a directory or directions, we've all managed to still get lost. Have you had the opportunity to try out Indoor Live View? Were the directions you were given accurate and easy to follow? What other features would you like to see in Google Maps? We'd love to hear from you! Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call: (303) 536-5505.