Google Maps Introduces 'Wheelchair Accessible' Routes For Assisting Differently Abled

Google Maps Introduces 'Wheelchair Accessible' Routes For Assisting Differently Abled

"We're looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps", said Google product manager Rio Akasaka. This week, the firm announced that it's starting to offer an option to show wheelchair-accessible routes that include the use of public transportation.

The feature has been rolled out in six big metropolitan cities: London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.

Many are complaining that major transit stations that do not include wheelchair accessible features are discriminatory because they significantly hinder disabled peoples' ability to navigate a city easily. Customers will be able to check whether a property has, say, ramps, wide hallways, or roll-in showers.

Then, before selecting a route hit the "Options" menu and change the tick to "Wheelchair accessible" under the preferred route column. "We're introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs".

Google Maps is one of the most popular and reliable mapping/navigation services, but it's not without its faults. Registered Local Guides can also add information to Google Maps about accessibility. For the past year, Google has examined more ways of inspiring its Local Guides to share more info about the world around them. "We're making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone". Google plans to work with transit agencies in other cities to expand this capability in the future, according to its blog post on the update.

Google has also been updating Street View imagery of transport stations and city centres in order to provide up-to-date preview pictures for disabled users.

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