For anyone planning a trip away, Google Street View has become an almost essential tool. Google’s interactive service can quickly give any would-be traveller the upper hand over the maze of streets and alleys in an unknown location.
Now, Google has come in off the streets to visually map some of the world’s busiest indoor transit locations in order to “cut down the stress of travelling.”
Over 50 train and subway stations have been mapped out, and there’s also a collection of 16 of the world’s international airports.
The majority of the locations are in either North America or Europe. In the UK, 17 locations have been covered including Gatwick Airport, most of London’s national train stations, and other major stations in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“Now you can visit the check-in counter of your airline in Madrid, map out the way from baggage claim to the bus at Tokyo International Airport and check out where to pick up your rental car at Eindhoven Airport,” blogged Ulf Spitzer, Google Street View program manager. “You can even scope out your seat on an Emirates flight from Dubai!”
This is just the “first effort” to map out transit locations, and follows similar projects that Google has undertaken in the past. As Spitzer points out on the blog, the canals of Venice and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai have, among others, been documented. Earlier this year, Google even set sail on a 30-mile cruise down the River Thames.
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