Google Maps Will Now Show You Wheelchair Friendly Locations

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To enable prominent wheelchair accessibility information in Google Maps, update the app to its latest version, then open it and tap on Settings, "Accessibility" and "Accessible Places." iPhone users can alternatively update the app from this link.

The feature will display a wheelchair icon on the map to indicate that a location supports wheelchair access.

There are tens of millions of people around the world that require the use of a wheelchair in order to get where they need to go.

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Google has added another new feature to Maps and Search, with key and essential workers now able to search for safe, discounted accommodation in the United States and UK.

Being able to know beforehand whether or not a place is wheelchair accessible can be a big people to people with disabilities. This includes whether the location has accessible seating, restroom facilities or wheelchair friendly parking.

Google Maps has started showing a new accessibility feature, which when toggled on, will show you wheelchair accessibility info for whatever location you search for. At the point when you empower the functionality, you'll see a wheelchair symbol at whatever point business or public venue has an accessible places entrance.

The company showed off the feature in a blog post for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Such information is even more critical during the current health crisis when people are advised to go out only when absolutely necessary.

"That benefits everyone, from those of us using wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers to older adults with exhausted legs and people hauling heavy items".

Google says it's also rolling out an update that allows people using iOS devices to more easily contribute accessibility information. Google has a guide on how to update locations with accessibility data at this link.

Google has a guide on how to add accessibility information if you'd like to help contribute.

Accessible places will initially be implemented for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the US. Other countries will soon follow.

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