Google Maps Updates With Wheelchair Accessibility Feature

Google Maps Updates With Wheelchair Accessibility Feature 1

Hyderabad, NFAPost: Technological upgrade is the name of the game in today’s fast-paced world. Every app, feature that we use comes up with an updated version, adding new features, at regular intervals. Keeping up with the need to constantly innovate, update and upgrade, Google has now come up with a feature in its Maps to help users with wheelchairs. 

The technology giant said users can turn on the “Accessible Places” feature in Google Maps to have wheelchair accessibility information prominently displayed. This feature is available for both Android and iOS users. 

A wheelchair icon would appear and would guide users to indicate a wheelchair accessible entrance along with information on whether the particular place is wheelchair friendly with respect to seating, parking etc. 

This feature is touted to help almost 130 million wheelchair users across the world.  This feature is rolling out for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the UK and the US, with support for additional countries on the way.

It is just fitting that this new update comes on the occasion of Global Accessibility Awarness Day. Google has also confirmed that if the place ceases to have a wheelchair accesible entrance, that information wouls also be prominently displayed on Google Maps. 

In a statement, Google said, “In this time of Covid-19, it’s especially important to know before you go so that you won’t be stranded outside that pharmacy, grocery or restaurant.” 

The community and store owners have also helped Google in its quest for this update. Many store owners have used the Google My Business to add accessibility information for their business profiles to help users needing stair-free access find them on Google Maps and Search.

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