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Google launches maps for malls, museums in India

Google launches maps for malls, museums in India

The service, available as part of Google Maps, is already available in countries like the US, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

(PHOTO: Reuters) (PHOTO: Reuters)

Google Inc has launched indoor maps in India that will help users browse through and locate specific locations inside venues like malls and museums.

Apart from malls, indoor maps would be available for National Gallery Of Modern Art in Delhi, Salar jung museum in Hyderabad and Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

"Using indoor maps, users will find it easy to locate stores, especially in an unfamiliar shopping mall or when they plan a visit to a museum like Salar jung in Hyderabad. With Indoor Google Maps in India, people can access detailed floor plans for 75 popular indoor venues with a few easy swipes," Google India Director and Product Manager (Maps) Suren Ruhela said.

Some of the major locations include Ambience Mall in Gurgaon and Select City Walk in Delhi.

The indoor maps will cover metros as well as locations in cities like Bhopal, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Ludhiana and Moradabad.

"To date, we've worked with 75 partners across 22 cities in India to bring indoor maps," Ruhela said, adding that the list will be expanded in the coming days.

The service will be available free to Android and iOS users, he added.

Google's indoor maps service, available as part of Google Maps, is already available in countries like the US, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.