Have you ever been lost in a mall? Lucky for you, Google people might have been too. And they have the solution.
It is a fact that Google Maps, Bing Maps and others have been offering indoor maps for malls, airports and stadiums for a while now. Though these maps are hard to read and might leave you more confused than before.
GPS doesn’t work well with a roof blocking the signals and WiFi and cell tower triangulation aren’t all that accurate on their own. Now, Google has found an easier way to map things out.
Venue owners can now upload their floor pans and a Google map service can track the user and his/her location. All the user needs is any Android device that supports Android 2.3 or better.
The app tells its users where to go in the venue. While they walk, the app uses data from WiFi hotspots and cell towers to plot one’s location inside the building. One specific feature will then tell you what floor you are in.
Understandable that it is just a start-up, but well still hope that Google will employ that “Google Maps” strategy and allow mapping to be done publicly. It would cover a lot of establishments faster, hence a lot of market for the Android app as well.