Google Maps starts showing wheelchair accessible places

Google Maps starts showing wheelchair accessible places

Google has announced the deployment of a particularly useful functionality in its web mapping service, which will make it much easier for wheelchair users to see accessibility information.

To turn the feature on, users can head to the app's "Settings" menu, then navigate to "Accessibility Settings", and toggle on "Accessible Places".

Google is now rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations.

In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google's adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location's accessibility facilities front and centre.

Launch Google Maps on your iOS device. From there, you should see a new option called "Accessible Places". Google already says to have wheelchair accessibility information for more than 15 million places in the world, and store owners are encouraged to use Google My Business to add accessibility information for their business to further increase that number and help inform customers.

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Google Maps has started showing a new accessibility feature, which when toggled on, will show you wheelchair accessibility info for whatever location you search for.

The feature will indicate accessible entrances, seats, restrooms, and parking, crucial information wheelchair users need before planning a trip to a new location.

Another option is to use a less specific phrase like "hotels in NY", and then apply the new "COVID-19 responder rooms" filter Google has added to Maps. Such information is even more critical during the current health crisis when people are advised to go outside only when necessary. The company has also said that for iPhone users, it is making it easier to contribute accessibility information. Hence, it is pretty understandable why Google would want something like this happening all in all, and in a new update the tech giant has brought a number of new features into the mix all of which are created to optimize accessibility in every single way, shape or form.

GoogleGoogle Maps Accessible Places attribute: How to enable it.

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