“Google has brought its indoor maps to India, currently includes 75 popular venues” Indian cities embraced the mall culture a while ago. Quite a few malls, especially those in metros, are mini cities in their own right, and it’s quite simple to get lost if you don’t know your way around. Fret not, as Google has just made its indoor mapping service in India official.
Initially available for select locations in 22 Indian cities, Google’s indoor maps currently cover 75 popular venues, most of them being shopping malls. Museums, convention centres and large retail stores have also been included. The maps, complete with floor plans and locations of key stores, elevators and restrooms can be accessed via a desktop browser or using the Google Maps app on Android and iOS. All you need to do is search for a mall covered by Google Indoor Maps, and as you zoom in, you’ll be able to see the detailed layout. A list of floors will automatically appear on the side, and you can tap on a floor number to view the corresponding floor plan. In case you’re wondering, Select City Walk in Saket, New Delhi, the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon, the Inorbit Mall in Malad, Mumbai, and UB City in Bangalore are covered. Head to Google’s indoor maps support page for a complete list of the venues covered. In addition, you’ll also have the option of using the indoor ‘My Location’ feature to help you navigate your way inside some venues, with a blue dot icon indicating your approximate location. So when you’re moving around a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. You’d also be able to access indoor walking directions at these venues. Considering how integral the mall culture has become to the lives of many of us urban dwellers, Google’s indoor maps are definitely a blessing. While those who frequent malls for all the shopping and eating options available under a single roof should benefit immensely, especially those who aren’t familiar with the place, the ones who’ll really be celebrating are youngsters who use these malls to hang out with their buddies.