Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is set to hold the 2016 Olympics and to help you get around each and every part of the city with ease, Google Maps will be providing guides around the various venues hosting the event.
Millions of people will be flocking to Brazil this summer to attend the event – be it athletes, coaches, journalists, fans and numerous other groups. All of these people will be geared towards enjoying the beautiful city of Rio as well as the games taking place during the event. Of course, not every person attending the 2016 Olympics will be a local of Brazil or Rio de Janeiro. There will be thousands of other people coming from other parts of the world.
As a result, getting to know the city and all the venues that will be hosting the event will definitely be a hard time for many. In fact, there are lots of people who will be going to Brazil this summer without a clue of where they are going or what they will be meeting there. The current guest list is estimated at 500,000 foreigners, which means there will be a lot of people doing rounds in Rio in search of venues hosting different sporting events. Google wants to reduce this unnecessary movement around the city via its official Google Maps application.
If you are on an Android device, the Google Maps app comes preinstalled on your phone. If you are using a different platform, say iOS, you will have to download and install the app on your phone. Once it is installed, users will be able to not only view the outdoor maps of the venues hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, but also indoor maps that show things such as entrances, stairs, bathrooms, and exits, among other things.
Google will make things even sweeter by making it possible for users to find their way in and around the venues as well as parking right from within the Maps app. This will be a handy feature for those who will not be watching a game at a particular moment as they can take time to look around the city.
There is a catch
In order to take advantage of the indoor maps, users will be required to find a place that supports indoor mapping, zoom in and tap on the spot. A map of the ground floor with all of the common points of interest prominently shown. There is also another display at the lower end of the screen where you can check out the different floors available.
The good thing is that all 2016 Olympic venues have indoor mapping available.