NEW YORK — Google is developing a new feature that allows travellers to virtually explore hotel interiors, reports the New York-based Associated Press.

According to the report, Best Western and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group have announced they will be producing photos of their North American properties for use within the new Google feature.

The new application will provide users with a 360-degree experience similar to the Street View function in Google Maps, but on a room-by-room basis. The experience is created by stitching together a series of high-resolution panoramic photos provided by participating hotels. Lobbies, bars/restaurants, guestrooms and conference/meeting areas are among the areas that will be viewable.

Carlson is also testing a Google Maps feature that would allow users to navigate through a floor plan of its hotels. So far, the company’s Radisson Blu Mall of America location in Minnesota is the only location that has been featured. [edmontonjournal.com]


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