Wheelchair accessibility info now more prominent in Google Maps
In late May 2020 Google Maps launched a new ‘Accessible Places‘ mode which when toggled on more prominently shows wheelchair accessibility. Whilst the navigation app has offered such information for years it is only now that it can be prioritised.
It is currently being rolled out globally for Android and iOS and is already available in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and United States.
“When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking,” Google explained in a recent blog post.
The feature has been designed for the 130 million wheelchair users worldwide. Once it is available globally, iOS and Android users will be able to easily contribute wheelchair accessibility information on the feature to further enhance the accessibility details of more than 15 million places around the world.