London Gatwick Airport in the UK has announced that all of its public areas across both its North and South Terminals can now be viewed through Google Indoor Maps and Indoor Streetview.
The new services allow the airport’s 34 million passengers to take a virtual tour through its check-in areas, departure and arrivals halls, shops and restaurants; allowing them to familiarise themselves with the airport even before entering into it.
The airport view, which uses more than 2,000 stitched images, is the largest such implementation in Europe, according to the airport.
As the services incorporate ‘location-aware’ navigation, passengers can instantly identify where they are and easily navigate their way around once they enter the airport.
Passengers can view an interactive map in their mobile phones, and using the application in compass mode, they can find restaurants, duty-free area and other locations.
Gatwick Airport chief information officer Michael Ibbitson said: "We’ve worked closely with Google to make these new mapping services as comprehensive and detailed as possible.
"As part of Gatwick’s £1.2bn investment programme we’re continually looking to innovate and improve the passenger experience. This latest technological development will make it easier than ever for passengers to make a speedier trip, or the most of their time at the airport."
Interactive indoor maps of both Gatwick Terminal floorplans highlight areas of interest such as information hubs, charging points, play areas and toilets, which in turn helps expedite the journey and allow passengers to make the most of the waiting time.
These services are free and can be accessed through desktop browsers, android phones, IOS and tablets by logging onto the Google Maps website, the Google Maps App, or via the newly redesigned Gatwick website.
For the project, staff from Google mapped the airport over a period of ten days, in partnership with the airport staff.
Image: The largest Google Indoor Streetview in Europe allows passengers to walk its halls, shops and restaurants before setting foot in the airport. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport Limited.