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  • A brand new Google Maps accessibility characteristic referred to as Accessible Places will probably be accessible to customers in Australia, Japan, UK, and the US.
  • The characteristic will show a wheelchair icon on the map to point that a spot helps wheelchair entry.
  • Google Maps listings may also supply details about accessible seating, restrooms, and parking, with customers and enterprise house owners inspired to replace info for the locations they go to or personal.
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To have a good time the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google introduced new accessibility options for its merchandise, together with a brand new Google Maps characteristic that every one navigation maps on the market ought to copy. That’s help for wheelchair accessible locations that can assist individuals higher plan journeys to new locations by realizing upfront whether or not the placement helps wheelchair entry.

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If you require help for something that has wheels to entry a constructing, not simply wheelchairs, you’ll be able to entry the brand new characteristic contained in the app by searching for Accessible Places beneath the Accessibility menu within the app’s Settings tab, as seen within the animation under. Once enabled, the knowledge will probably be displayed extra prominently in Google Maps through a wheelchair icon.

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Google Maps Accessible Places characteristic: How to allow it.

The characteristic will point out accessible entrances, seating, restrooms, and parking, essential info that wheelchair customers want earlier than planning a visit to a brand new location. Google Maps may also point out if it’s confirmed that a spot doesn’t have an accessible entrance. Such info is much more important throughout the present well being disaster when persons are suggested to go outdoors solely when completely vital. Wheelchair customers, in addition to dad and mom pushing strollers or pulling heavy tools, ought to know whether or not they’re capable of entry a spot earlier than arriving at their vacation spot.

Google Maps will initially help greater than 15 million locations around the globe, a determine that doubled since 2017 due to 120 million Local Guides and different individuals who shared this form of info. In complete, greater than 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates have been made to Google Maps.

But for the characteristic to get even higher, it’s as much as enterprise house owners to replace their listings with accessibility details about wheelchair entry, one thing that Google encourages retailer house owners to do. Google says that it’s rolling out an replace to permit iPhone customers to extra simply contribute accessibility info to Maps. Google has a information on the right way to replace places with accessibility information at this hyperlink. The following animation exhibits how Google Maps customers can add accessibility information about locations on an Android telephone:

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Google Maps Accessible Places characteristic: How to replace info.

The Accessible Places will roll out for Google Maps customers in Australia, Japan, UK, and the US initially, with different markets to comply with sooner or later. The following video offers us a brief demo of the accessibility characteristic in motion:

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