Google has announced a new feature called “Accessible Places” is now available to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps. When this feature is enabled, a wheelchair icon would indicate an accessible entrance, and people would be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms, or parking.
“If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well,” Google said on the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
As of now, the ‘Accessible Places’ feature is rolling out for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the UK, and the US, with a few countries on their way. With this availability, Google Maps has wheelchair accessibility information for more than 15 million places around the world.
“That number has more than doubled since 2017 thanks to the dedication of more than 120 million Local Guides and others who’ve responded to our call to share accessibility information,” said the company.
To get wheelchair accessibility information on your Google Maps, update the app to the latest version, go to Settings, select “Accessibility,” and turn on “Accessible Places.”
The feature is available on both Android and iOS. Google said it is rolling out an update that allows people using iOS devices to more easily contribute accessibility information, joining the millions of Android users who have been sharing this type of information on Maps.
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