Have you ever had the urge to find your gate before you leave for the airport?
It won’t be long before Google Maps will allow users to zoom in on the Atlantic City International Airport for a view of its floor plan, letting the public navigate through the airport electronically.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved a resolution to provide a copy of portions of the airport’s floor plan to the Internet giant.
Locations of restrooms, food and gates will be among the airport assets accessible on Google Maps. Exactly when the the the public will be able to access the feature has yet to be determined, said Krisiti Millercq, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has an agreement with SJTA to operate the Atlantic City airport.
“Google and Atlantic City International Airport officials are working toward signing a live mapping agreement. We will have a better sense of a timetable for mapping to go live at Atlantic City airport after an agreement is finalized,” Miller said.
Google first rolled out indoor mapping in 2011 as an application for the Android phone. Last year, the feature was made available on the desktop application, but many places of business still haven’t signed on to using the feature.
Google does not have live mapping arrangements for any other Port Authority airport, including JFK, Newark and LaGuardia. The company did not respond to questions regarding what other airports have signed on to using the feature.
“Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip,” reads a post on the Google+ profile for Google Maps. “Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps, and you’ll automatically see a detailed floor plan with helpful labels.”
Locally, Google contacted the SJTA requesting a copy of the airport’s floor plan to be included in the feature. Individuals can also go to the website and opt to upload copies of floor plans to public spaces, but the company is also reaching out to entities it would like to see included.
“The information to be provided by the authority would be limited to public buildings only and will not include any security sensitive or non-public information,” the SJTA resolution states.
There is no cost to the authority for adding its floor plan to Google Maps, according to the resolution.