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Google Maps moves indoors

Google has added floor plans to its online mapping service for over 200 indoor locations across NSW and Victoria.

Google Maps has added indoor locations in Australia for over 200 public buildings across NSW and Victoria, including train stations, airports, museums, stadiums and shopping centres. The new map service is available on Google Maps for Android.

(Credit: Google)

To open an indoor map, all you have to do is pinch-zoom on a location and it will open the floor plan of that venue, triangulating your position even down to which floor you're on by using network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi.

This feature is not yet available for all locations, however; Google needs to survey each building in order to enable it, and this is an ongoing process — one we suspect will not be rolled out across every building in the program, as not all business owners will be comfortable with the intrusion.

Jamie Woodbridge, Google's partnerships manager, said, "Indoor Google Maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand — helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and how to get to where you want to be. In some locations, you'll even be able to use the familiar 'blue dot' icon that indicates your approximate location."

You can check out the full list of currently available locations here, and pick up Google Maps for Android here.