The American tech giant will add navigation to airports, stations, and shopping centers in the Google Maps application. Dane Glasgow, vice president of products for Google Maps, wrote about this on Twitter.
The development is currently being tested at airports, underpasses, and shopping centers in the United States (Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle). In the coming months, navigation will appear in Tokyo and Zurich, according to Google Maps.
The essence of navigation in closed rooms is that the route will be offered using augmented reality: you point the phone camera forward, and the application gives instructions for further movement. Indoor Live View will be able to tell you, for example, where the nearest ATM is, or how you have to go through the airport terminal to get to your baggage claim.
Indoor Live View is based on Global Location’s location technology, which uses artificial intelligence to scan tens of billions of Street View images and find out the user’s direction of movement using both GPS and the camera in their smartphone.
In addition to indoor navigation, Google Maps is going to offer the option of choosing the most environmentally friendly route this year. If the estimated time of arrival at the destination is the same, Google will default to the route with the lowest carbon footprint. If it is longer, the user will be presented with the fastest and most sustainable options.
Also, Google Maps promises to inform the user about the air quality at the destination, as well as the expected weather conditions at the time of arrival.