You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

  • You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

You Can Now Get Wheelchair Accessibility Information Prominently on Google Maps

Google maps is set to feature a new mode named "accessible places".

Another option is to use a less specific phrase like "hotels in NY", and then apply the new "COVID-19 responder rooms" filter Google has added to Maps. Additionally, both Maps and Google's travel portal will display a notification at the top of the page if you're in an area with hotels that have those policies in place.

In a blogpost, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, a software engineer at Google Maps, said: "Imagine making plans to go somewhere new, taking the journey to get there and arriving - only to be stuck outside, prevented from sitting with family or being unable to access the restroom".

If you opt to turn Accessible Places on, wheelchair accessible locations with be highlight by a wheelchair icon.

A new Google Maps update is bringing a feature to aid those in wheelchairs, as it will now list accessible places within the app.

Available starting from May 21, 2020 and rolling out gradually, the new "Accessible Places" feature will be an option users will be able to turn on, "to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in search results and in Google Maps". "If it's confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we'll show that information on Maps as well". Tap a location to see more information.

Google designed the feature for over 30 million global wheelchair users with the data taken from its local guides volunteers around the world.

Google says it's also rolling out an update that allows people using iOS devices to more easily contribute accessibility information.

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.