Bing Announces Updates to Maps Service, Introduces Indoor Venue Maps

April 17, 2012

Bing recently announced an update to Bing Maps that will allow users to explore the interior layout of over 900 locations with the simple click of a mouse.  While using the service, users can access the indoor maps of an available venue by mousing over their location and clicking it.

This is a powerful improvement that increases the usability and usefulness of Maps for Bing, especially when compared to their competitors.

Here is what Google Maps shows you when you search for the San Diego International Airport:

Google Maps, San Diego International Airport

If you can see it, the mouse pointer is hovered over the San Diego International Airport.

Here is what Bing Maps now does under the same circumstances:

Bing Maps, San Diego International Airport

Notice how the outline pops out? Users can click on the foot print of the airport and see a map of the interior of the airport.  Here is a close up of terminal 1:

Terminal 1 Close UpThe mouse is now hovering over the Southwest terminal.  It is pretty nice to know, before you even get to the airport, where you will need to be to check your bags or get your boarding pass – especially if you have never  been to the airport before.  Time can be save.  Stress can be avoided. Serenity can be found.

Like to eat?  Bing Maps will have you covered by displaying all the shops and restaurants inside, even those that lie past the security gate.  Just check out this screenshot from Concourse A1:

Concourse A1 Close UpKudos to the team behind Bing Maps for getting this right.

Source: All Point Blog, Bing Maps Blog

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1 Ryan April 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

This is awesome! I think airports are great venues for this (as shown in the article) but I hope they do event/convention centers and stadiums as well. I’m not sure if that’s a high priority for them but when I have a ticket to an event, say a concert, then it’s nice to be able to look up where to sit (the section at least, if not the exact seat). I generally have to search the internet a bit to find the info, but it would be awesome if they did it in the maps!

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