With Street View, you can see how to get where you're going faster and easier
Even the best-laid travel plans can unravel if you mix up your terminals or end up on the wrong platform, but as always, Google is here to make sure you find your way safely across the globe. The search giant now aims to provide you with a preview of your journey by mapping global transit locations with its Street View technology.
The locations can be viewed on an interactive world map, which has pins on the all the available locations and links out to them in Street View when clicked. Included in the locations mapped are 16 international airports and over 50 train stations, as well as a cable car station Hong Kong -- which presumably will have you sorted for one end of your journey, but leave you bewildered at the other end.
"Don't let travel logistics get you down this holiday season. With Street View, you can see how to get where you're going faster and easier," writes Ulf Spitzer, Google Street View Program Manager in a blog post.
Scour the check-in counters, so you can head straight to the right area of the terminal, plan your route from baggage claim to your onward transportation, or if you're an economy Emirates passenger flying on an Airbus A380 from Dubai -- yes, it's very specific -- check out your seat.
The only UK airport that's been mapped is Gatwick, although you can also browse around ten London train stations and five regional UK rail stations.
The maps engine page can also point you in the direction of museums, although oddly enough, it doesn't appear to be marking out tourist attractions, but museums relating to transport. In the UK that means only the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking -- York's rather wonderful Railway Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the London Transport Museum all seem to have been overlooked sadly.
It's strange that Google means for you to use this Street View update as a holiday-planning tool, but hasn't included more tourist attractions on the map. Google kicked off its Street View Art Project to get inside the world's galleries and museums back in 2011, and the British Museum was one of the first UK buildings to get indoor floorplans on Google Maps. More recently indoor Street View has been rolled out to a greater variety of attractions including the Warner Bros Studio Tour.
Another good indoor navigation option for those in the UK is the MApp app, which doesn't offer panoramas, but provides indoor maps for all sorts of attractions and points of interests across the country, including theme parks, stadiums and all major shopping centres.