'Wheelchair Accessible' routes on Google Maps

Google Adds Wheelchair Accessible Navigation to Google Maps

Google Adds Wheelchair Accessible Navigation to Google Maps

Google Maps and Airbnb both announced new services this week that aim to make life easier for people with mobility challenges.

To use Google Maps' wheelchair accessible routes, enter in your destination in the app, tap Directions, and then choose the public transportation icon from the options across the header at the top of the screen.

The report says the new option is now only available in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney, but Google has plans to add more cities.

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Under the "routes" section get "wheelchair accessible" as new route type. After that select the "Wheelchair accessible" toggle. "We're introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs".

As the name suggests, the feature is meant to help people who use wheelchairs, but Google is also aware that anyone with mobility issues - as well as families with baby strollers - could benefit from the wheelchair-friendly routes.

"When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration", Akasaka said.

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The new feature does compliment Google's push for more transparency regarding wheelchair accessibility: Google added a feature into maps that gave users the ability to see if a location, building, venue or public space is wheelchair accessible by clicking on the description and looking under the "amenities" tab.

Transport for All - an organisation campaigning for more accessible transport in London - welcomed the feature, but said its success will depend on how accurate the data Google uses is. Google says more cities will continue to be added in the future.

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