Google Maps has launched version 6.7 of their popular map program, with a new feature: the ability to navigate the floorplans of buildings. This new feature seems like a “DUH!” when you first think about it, and it in fact made me wonder why I hadn’t thought of that yet.
This no doubt will bring much discussion about privacy and security, but the important thing to remember, is that all of the floorplans, with a few exceptions, are user-contributed. There is no angry Google intern scanning blueprints at the library, we promise. If you would like to upload your own floorplans, you can go to http://maps.google.com/help/maps/floorplans/ for help on uploading them.
They suggest scanning in blueprints and directories and then dragging them until they fit the upload template they require. I assume that the data is integrated by machine, which makes it interesting how the data will be authenticated. Someone could just be uploading fictitious room plans about a business building and reroute all of the traffic from a bakery to a Wells Fargo or something.
The possibilities are endless, children
With this new innovation, it begs the questions, “what next?” and “will I actually use this?”
Chances are, any building that you are in frequently enough to justify an app function like this is a building that you are in enough to remember your way around. Maybe I am wrong. If you have any ideas of what maybe coming next or maybe a use for this functionality that I have not thought of yet that may make this an asset to you, fell free to let me know in the comments below!!