Google adds airports and train stations to Street View

27 Nov 2013

Check-in at Aeropeurto Madrid Barajas in Spain, accessed via Google Street View

Google has expanded the roving eye of its Street View mapping feature to reach inside 16 international airports, more than 50 train and subway stations, and a cable car platform in Hong Kong in order to better assist worldly travellers.

With Street View’s new transit locations, users can wander around London’s Kings Cross railway station, Tokyo International Airport or even an Emirates Airbus A380-800 on the concourse at Dubai International Airport.

The purpose of these maps is to help cut down on the stress of travelling by providing users with previews of key transport hubs and also helping them navigate around them once they are there.

In a blog post announcing the new on-the-ground maps, Ulf Spitzer, Google Street View programme manager, calls this the “first efforts to map global transit locations”, indicating there will be more to follow.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.