Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Maps will now guide you through KCI

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM


Next time you're lost in a gigantic mall or a baffling airport, don't bother looking for those old-fashioned back-lit map monoliths for guidance. Instead, whip out your Android smartphone and pull up Google Maps. Having apparently conquered the terrestrial world, Google is now in the business of mapping buildings, including our own Kansas City International Airport.

A Google blog post explains: "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 you’re on."

Some of the the places mapped make perfect sense. Airport maps, for instance, sound very useful. Sometimes, when you're sprinting to get on a connecting flight, you just don't have the time to grab an employee and ask for directions to a terminal that's a half-mile away. Other mapped locations on the list seem pretty silly. Macy's? You really can't get yourself from shoes to neckties without a map? And doesn't Home Depot make a big point to tell you in ads how helpful its staff members are? Surely somebody can tell you where drills are in relation to lumber.

One thing new inside Google Maps can't help you when you're waiting out a delay at KCI: finding decent food nearby. There isn't any! Ooh, burn.

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