SNCF and Google to map French stations

SNCF has announced plans to add its stations to Google Maps and Street View.

Thirty-three stations have already been added to Google Maps and Street View in time for the European Football Championships. SNCF plans to create detailed 3D maps of 160 stations around the country by the end of the year.

By 2017, SNCF hopes to have Indoor Maps of 3,000 stations on the French rail network.

“This is one of the largest partnerships for digitisation transportation sites,” said Nick Leeder, chief executive of Google France.

Google’s Street View cameras are typically fitted above cars when mapping roads and highways, but to record the interiors of the stations, rigs had to be attached to trolleys or strapped to the back of a cameraman.

As well as helping the 2.5 million people visiting France for Euro 2016, SNCF hopes the maps will help millions of regular passengers to navigate its stations.




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