It’s not simple to use public transport if you’re in a wheelchair, driving a baby stroller or even on crutches. While various cities around the globe are wanted to have some easy subways and trains. It’s often challenging to know specifically where the right stations are. That’s where Google says it can support.
The technology giant Google declared Thursday. That it’s attached wheelchair accessible navigation to its Google Maps application. So you can find a route that makes up wheelchairs. All you have to do to search such a route is typically a destination into Google Maps app.
First, touch “Directions.” Next, choose the public transportation icon. Touch “Options” and under the “Routes” division, and you’ll see “wheelchair accessible” as the latest route type. Choosing this choice will display you a list of the routes that are wheelchair accessible, describes the blog post declaring the new feature.
The new feature will be accessible starting Thursday in six main metro places: Tokyo, Mexico City, London, New York, Sydney, and Boston. The company said it will attach other cities in the next months.
The company operated with local transit authorities to map the wheelchair-accessible routes in these places. It’s also enrolling the help of millions of users all over the world to help collect data. Registered “local guides” in the Google Maps application can attach accessibility data to Google Maps.
The company said in September, the company hosted some two hundred meetups around the globe where these local guides picked up and answered accessibility issues like whether an area has a step-free entrance or an accessible restroom. More than twelve million areas were mapping as part of this effort.
Google says it’s also been busy taking and updating Street View pictures of transit stations and city centers so users can preview a spot ahead of time.
The company’s efforts come as more attention has been given to accessibility in public spaces. Dozens of applications have popped up over the past couple of years to map accessibility not only for subways and other public transportation but also for churches, hotels, restaurants, and more places people frequent.