Thursday, September 19, 2013

Google Maps Now Includes Floor Plans of City Sites

Simplified floor plans of some City of El Paso points of interest are now part of Google Maps. City sites such as the Convention Center and Plaza Theater have floor-level details that may help visitors find their way around the buildings.

The Convention Center’s layout in the map shows the location of different halls, meeting rooms, and passageways and includes details as minute as drinking fountains and vending machines. The Plaza Theater’s map includes the location of the Main Stage and seating areas.

Other sites include the Museum of Art and Museum of History, showing lobby areas, exhibition halls, and gift shops. The airport’s layout includes concourse and gate numbers, shop areas, and even the security access point.
Screen captures from Google Maps (maps.google.com) show floor plans of City sites, like the Convention Center.

Icons show users where to find common amenities like restrooms, water fountains, escalators, and elevators. The mobile app version of Google Maps on Android was also found to let users choose the level for which detail is shown, such as first or second floor.

Floor plans are not limited to governmental buildings. Retailers such as Best Buy, Chili’s, and Home Depot also include them in some locations on Google Maps. Cielo Vista and Sunland Park malls are also part of the floor plan program.

Google Maps users can try it out by going to maps.google.com or using the mobile app.

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