Google Maps Increases Visibility of Wheelchair-Friendly Locations

Joanna Estrada
May 22, 2020

People can now turn on an "Accessible Places" feature to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps.

Another option is to use a less specific phrase like "hotels in NY", and then apply the new "COVID-19 responder rooms" filter Google has added to Maps. Google says support for more countries is on the way, but hasn't provide a timeline or any further details.

"It's an experience all too familiar to the 130m wheelchair users worldwide and the more than 30m Americans who have difficultly using stairs", he added.

A new Google Maps update is bringing a feature to aid those in wheelchairs, as it will now list accessible places within the app.

Google is now rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations.

"This guide has tips for rating accessibility, in case you're not sure what counts as being 'accessible.' We invite everyone to switch on Accessible Places and contribute accessibility information to help people in your community", Google said.

Initially, Accessible Places for Google Maps is gradually rolling out for users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States from May 21.

Already, Google Maps has collected wheelchair accessibility information for more than 15m locations around the world, Blair-Goldensohn said.

The company is also making it easier for iOS users to contribute accessibility information, like in the android version of Google Maps. "That benefits everyone, from those of us using wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers, to older adults with exhausted legs and people hauling heavy items".

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