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Zurich Airport – first in the world with Google Maps Live View

Press Release by Zurich Airport

Finding a gate, a restaurant or check-in at Zurich Airport is now even easier. Google has activated the Live View feature in Google Maps at Zurich Airport, making it the first airport in the world with this function. Using the camera and directions shown on the camera image, passengers and visitors can navigate to their chosen destination at the airport. Read here more about my recent Zurich Airport Blogposts, as well as what to see, do and where to eat in Zurich.

Google Maps Live View uses augmented reality (AR) to help you find your way even more easily. This shared goal led Flughafen Zürich AG and Google Switzerland to launch a project back in mid-2018 to improve intuitive navigation “from curb to gate”. Recordings made of the interior of the airport, as well as exterior areas of The Circle, are now being used in the Indoor Live View function of Google Maps. Using Google Maps Live View, the recordings are compared in the background with the user’s camera images to show the correct route in augmented reality view.

Google Maps Live View at ZRH Zurich Airport

Live View uses AR cues and is powered by a technology called global localization that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to scan tens of billions of Street View recordings to understand your orientation. Thanks to new advancements that help determine the precise altitude and placement of objects inside a building, Live View can now also be used inside buildings such as airports. Live View can help users find the nearest lift, escalators, the right gate, the platform, baggage claim, check-in or the ticket counter, ATMs and shops. Arrows and accompanying directions point them the right way.

New Google Maps functions and navigation are already planned for Zurich Airport in 2022. This will ensure constant advancement of intuitive navigation.

Easy to use

To use Google Maps Live View, users just need to launch the Google Maps app, enter their destination and select the “Live View” symbol, which looks like a compass needle. The smartphone camera then opens and the route, plus other key information, is shown directly in camera mode. Your easy access: Zurich Airport on Google Maps (best if opened from a mobile device).
The Google Maps App can be downloaded for free in the App Store of both Android and iOS-based Apple devices.

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