Emergency Exit is a clever idea for an app. If you’re in a building, stadium, airport, casino or other public place and need to get out quickly, Emergency Exit (US$0.99) uses Google Indoor maps to show you where you are and the quickest way out.

As far as it goes, it’s a good idea for an app. But that’s the problem — It doesn’t go very far at all, because Google Indoor coverage isn’t exactly broad. Here in the U.S. the app shows only 55 locations, there are just 4 in Spain, 15 in the U.K., and so on. Being at the right place at the wrong time to get the benefit of the emergency info in the app would be a sheer coincidence.

I tried the app at the Phoenix (AZ) Airport and that location wasn’t recognized. I needed to be at the airports in Los Angeles or San Francisco, or some of the other cities and places covered.

The developer isn’t hiding anything, as there is a complete list of covered locations on his App Store page. Emergency Exit is a great app if you’re in a place that happens on the list, not so great if you aren’t. And here’s a scary thought: the time you spend checking the app might take away from the time you need to get out of a dangerous situation like a fire or bomb threat.

I’ll give Emergency Exit an E for effort and a D for dearth of data. The app requires iOS 7 and is optimized for the iPhone 5. Emergency Exit is a universal app.

Emergency Exit a great app idea, but not too useful yet originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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