Google Maps is Making Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot


As healthcare professionals continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic across the USA and much of the world, Google is adding a new Maps feature to help those individuals find special accommodations when they're done their daily shifts. That's by knowing whether the place supports wheelchair accessibility support for sites that will help individuals better plan trips to places.

If you need assistance with anything that has wheels to access a building, not just wheelchairs, you can access the new feature within the app by searching Accessible places under the Accessibility menu in the app Configurations tab, as seen in the animation below.

To do so, make sure your Google Maps app is up to date and tap your profile photo in the top right corner of the screen. This new feature will display wheelchair accessibility information more prominently, with a wheelchair icon appearing where accessible entrances are available, along with information on whether the chosen place has accessible seating, parking and restrooms. Apple's iOS 13 update, which launched last fall, brought new features to Apple's navigation app like Look Around - essentially the company's answer to Google's Street View - as well as easier access to frequently visited places. Such information is even more critical during the current health crisis when people are advised to go outside only when necessary.

Image Source Google  Google Maps Accessible Places feature How to update information
Image Source Google Google Maps Accessible Places feature How to update information

Google designed the feature for over 30 million global wheelchair users with the data taken from its local guides volunteers around the world.

In total, this community has contributed more than 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates to Google Maps.

However, for the attribute to receive better, it is up to business owners to upgrade their listings with accessibility information about wheelchair accessibility, something that Google encourages store owners to perform. Another update is coming to allow iPhone users to more easily add accessibility information alongside their Android counterparts. "The feature is available on both Android and iOS", Google said.

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