Google Street View already gives us enough reasons to travel. Now, a new Google Maps feature adds a touch of practicality to those virtual dreams. Google Maps will let you preview global transit locations, including 16 international airports, and over 50 train and subway stations. Even a cable car station in Hong Kong is thrown in for good measure.
An interactive map shows you the spots that have been selected so far. Google Maps definitely will be adding more.
This is Tokyo International Airport…
It’s not just visual chutzpah on the part of Google either, as mapping transit locations makes a lot of sense. Google Maps and Google Street View already are much-used travel guides. Just like any other travel guide, the layouts of airports, train stations, and other transit points help to get your bearings right. It could be a valuable aid to show someone – like the elderly travelling alone – where the essential facilities are inside an airport or a train station. As Google states on its blog,
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; you can even scope out your seat on an Emirates flight from Dubai!
The update comes just in time for the busy holiday season. Though the coverage isn’t comprehensive yet, it gives you a teaser of the exciting possibilities ahead. What do you think?