Google Maps has come up with a new feature named ‘wheelchair accessible’ to provide convenience to people with mobility needs. It is a part of the tech giant’s dedication to ensuring the global community gets helped irrespective of personal conditions.
You can simply type your desired destination into Maps to access the feature. Then, go to ‘Directions’ and select the public transport icon. Next, tap on ‘Options,’ and you’ll come across ‘wheelchair accessible’ as a new route type.
Selecting the new route type will get you to the list of possible routes with consideration for mobility needs. It may be a transit station with accessible platforms, stops, entrances, and exits.
Starting today, March 15, the new Maps feature is on a rollout in some of the major metro cities around the globe: London, Sydney, Tokyo, Boston, and Mexico City. Google assures that they’ll provide the rollout to additional cities in the coming months, as present talks are in process with additional transit agencies.
Google reminds the users that the Google Maps wheelchair accessibility option is not just meant for people with wheelchairs but as well to help those who are on crutches or pushing a stroller.
Additionally, Google gives credit to the users who contribute to adding accessibility information in Maps. The company states that it is on the way to updating Street View imagery of transit stations as well as city centers for presenting previews to users ahead of their visit.
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