Update: Google made its Indoor Maps feature available in Australia on 13 March 2013. Indoor maps can be viewed once a user zooms in on a building. The Sydney Morning Herald has published a list of 200 locations in Australia where Google’s indoor maps is available.
An upgrade to the Google Maps app for Android smartphones has the potential to increase mobility for blind and vision impaired users through the introduction of navigation for indoor environments. The app combines global positioning system (GPS) technology with voice-guided directions to help people find their way around indoor spaces.
Currently only available in the US and Japan, the 6.7 version of the app allows users to view indoor floor layouts of buildings as well as hear walking directions of participating sites and businesses. Combined with the GPS technology of Google Maps, users are guided indoors by a blue dot that moves with their physical location as well as audible instructions on how to best get to a desired indoor location.
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