Google Maps 6.0 currently only supports a small number of US and Japanese locations, including the Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot and San Francisco International Airport. However, more indoor spaces are expected to be added over the coming months.
“Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar ‘blue dot’ icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor your on,” Google says.
The update also features several enhancements, including a drop-down menu allowing you to flick between the likes of Places, Navigation and Latitude. There's also a new list of popular searches based on your current location, just in case you fancy having a snoop around neighbouring locations.
The list of current launch partners extends to select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O’Hare Airport. Google says it will continue to add new indoor maps to public buildings across the world and is currently asking interested business owners to get in touch.