New Google Maps Update Aims to Help Wheelchair-Dependent Users

Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature – TechCrunch

"The feature is available on both Android and iOS", Google said. In total, over 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates were made on Google Maps. When someone searches for a hotel on Google Search or Google Maps, they will see new tips indicating the properties that have special policies for COVID-19 responders, as well as a new filter to show only those hotels with such policies.

In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location's accessibility facilities front and centre.

Currently, the new feature is only available in the USA and United Kingdom, but Google plans to roll it out to other countries in the future.

Internet search giant Google is rolling out a new feature in Google Maps that will let its users know if a place they are looking up on the platform is accessible via a wheelchair. 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 update comes after Google redesigned Maps earlier this year to coincide with the app's 15th birthday.

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"With this feature "rollout", it's easier to find and contribute wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps", Google Maps software engineer Sasha Blair-Goldensohn says in a company blog post.

They can create an Action Block for any action that the Google Assistant can perform, like making calls, sending texts, playing videos and controlling devices at home.

He added that it is especially important to have this information during the Covid-19 pandemic, so people don't end up stranded outside pharmacies, grocery stores and restaurants. While this latest feature probably won't get as much use as its earlier efforts, healthcare professionals who want to keep their families safe from the coronavirus will likely appreciate the gesture all the same.

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