Google Maps introduces wheelchair accessible routes in 6 cities

Google Maps introduces wheelchair accessible routes in 6 cities

The new option which is available in six cities like London and NY, targets to make travel easier for people who need an accessible route on public transportation.

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

In the coming months Google plans on adding more wheelchair-accessible routes to its app as they work with various transit agencies.

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Next, pressing "Directions" and hitting the public transportation icon will lead to a screen that includes transport options.

To try out the feature, you will need to go into Google Maps, type in your destination then tap "Directions". Next, choose "wheelchair accessible" under "options".

This could mean few routes are seen in Maps for NY, since it was one of the places where the feature has been rolled out first, along with London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

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"In addition to making public transportation more accessible, people around the world have been helping us add accessibility information to Google Maps", Akasaka writes. This meant looking at places where there were only step entrances, or where bathrooms were wheelchair-accessible.

Since the feature is only available in those select cities, it's not clear if "wheelchair accessible" routes will also be something that owners of the Google Home voice activated assistant devices will also be able to find by asking "Hey Google, is there a wheelchair accessible route to..." This update makes it easier for those in a wheelchair, on crutches, pushing a baby stroller, or with otherwise limited mobility to ensure their transit route will accommodate their needs.

Google explained in a blog post that much of the data was gathered as part of its Local Guides program.

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