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PDX Launches GoodMaps Explore

The Port of Portland is partnering with GoodMaps on the launch of GoodMaps Explore at Portland International Airport (PDX), a free indoor navigation app that enables travelers with different needs, including people who are blind and low vision, deaf or hard of hearing, to navigate safely, efficiently and independently through PDX.

GoodMaps Explore users at PDX will receive audio and visual directions to locations in the terminal, including restrooms, food options, retail outlets, water fountains, and charging stations throughout the ticket lobby, baggage claim, and Concourse E, served by Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

GoodMaps brings digital maps to life through the use of LiDAR mapping technology, computer vision, ML, and AI. The GoodMaps camera-based positioning does not require installation of any equipment or beacons and provides unparalleled precision of pinpointing a user’s location down to three feet of accuracy

Directions are provided in English, Spanish, or Canadian French and plans are in the works to expand maps of the remainder of the PDX complex in the coming years.

“Making your way through a busy, international airport can be stressful, especially if you have sight issues or have trouble navigating large and complex buildings,” said Steve Nagy, director of airport operations at the Port of Portland. “This new resource means more options for travelers to get assistance and support in the way that feels right for them: with the app, they can get guidance while making their way around independently.”