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How Google Maps is making wheelchair-accessible locations easier to identify



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

With the “Accessible Places” feature enabled, business and points of interest with wheelchair-accessible entrances are marked with a wheelchair icon together with information about whether accessible seating, restrooms, and parking are available.

Previously, all that information was tucked away in an exceedingly location’s “About” menu, which users would must navigate to for each destination individually.

“With this feature ‘rollout’, it’s easier to search out and contribute wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps,” Google Maps Technologist, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn writes in an exceedingly company blog post.

“That benefits everyone, from those people using wheelchairs and fogeys pushing strollers to older adults with tired legs and folks hauling heavy items. And during this time of COVID-19, it’s especially important to grasp before you go in order that you won’t be stranded outside that pharmacy, grocery or restaurant.”

Per Thursday’s blog, it’s first rolling intent on users in Australia, Japan, the uk, and America with support for added countries “on the way.” there’s still no word when the feature are going to be available in Africa.

Gizmodo reports that as of at once, Google Maps contains accessibility information for quite 15 million places worldwide.

After incorporate contributors in 2017, 120 million users posted updates on Google Maps regarding the presence of wheelchair-accessible facilities.

An estimated 130 million people worldwide are wheelchair users and roughly 30 million Americans said they’d difficulty climbing stairs or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker, in step with the last nationwide census.

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

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