Google Maps begins release of accessibility information feature

Yolanda Curtis
May 23, 2020

If the place is instead confirmed to not have an accessible entrance, Google will show that information also.

The company is also making it easier for iOS users to contribute accessibility information, like in the android version of Google Maps. However, with all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that there are a lot of problems that people who use wheelchairs often face and this has to do with the fact that not every place out there is going to offer accessible entrances as well as amenities for people that are living with disabilities. This includes whether the location has accessible seating, restroom facilities or wheelchair friendly parking. "The feature is available on both Android and iOS", Google said.

Currently, the new feature is only available in the United States and UK, but Google plans to roll it out to other countries in the future.

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. In order to turn it on, users will be required to go to Settings by tapping on the picture on the top right corner and scroll down to "Accessibility settings" on turn on 'Accessible Places.' Once this feature is enabled, Google Maps users will be able to see a wheelchair icon that indicates whether or not the place is accessible via a wheelchair. Wheelchair users, as well as parents who push strollers or pull heavy equipment, should know if they can access a place before arriving at their destination.

A new Google Maps update is bringing a feature to aid those in wheelchairs, as it will now list accessible places within the app.

Google says that this feature is built from the data that is provided by the Local Guides volunteers.

Image Source: Google Google Maps Accessible Places feature: How to update information. USA, with other markets to follow in the future.

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