Today Google announced a great accessibility update for Maps in recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The app now makes it much easier to find wheelchair-accessible locations.
To activate this great feature, simply head on over to Google Maps‘ then into Settings, tap on ‘accessibility settings,’ and then toggle ‘accessible places.’ You’ll then be able see a wheelchair icon if the business of your choice or the location has an accessible entrance. If it does so, you can then tap on the location to see a more detailed breakdown. To know if that accessibility is just extends to seating or restrooms, and parking as well as entrances.
This service is not just for wheelchair users either; the US Census Bureau states over 30 million Americans have difficulties walking or climbing stairs. For others, it will be good to know if there’s a flat entrance or ramp ahead of time, say if you need carry something heavy, are using a stroller, or are have a leg injury.
Google states that it has accessibility information for more than 15 million locations around the globe. Furthermore, Google stated that it is also rolling out an update to the iOS version of the app that will make it much easier to submit the accessibility information. These new great features are rolling out for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, with more countries on the way.