Google Maps updated with enhanced voice guidance

Google releases voice guidance in Maps for visually impaired people

It's now available in English in the USA and in Japanese in Japan, and additional languages and countries will be added in the future. So, it will tell you how long it will be until your next turn, the direction you're walking in and also warn if you're nearing any major intersection or crossroad.

It's great to see Google taking steps to make its products more accessible - particularly Google Maps, which has the potential to make people more independent, and let them explore new places with confidence. New Features to Help Visually Impaired are further improved and it gives more details voice guidance. I feel lucky to have had the chance to work closely with the Maps team on this task as an early advisor and tester- beyond my day task as a business analyst in the Tokyo office. Users can head to the settings in the Google Maps app for either Android or iOS, select "Navigation settings", and enabled a toggle called "Detailed voice guidance" which can be found under the "Walking options" header.


This new characteristic needs to be deployed over the following few hours, so be sure to have the Google Maps software up to date. This enhanced voice guidance will be rolling out to everyone today. "And if I accidentally leave my route, I'll get a spoken notification that I'm being rerouted". But people who can see just fine can also take advantage of the new feature to enjoy walking directions without having to continuously check the screen for information.

"With detailed voice guidance in Google maps, my journey fades into the background and I can focus more on what I'll do at my final destination", Suglyama said. Google will bring support for additional languages and countries in the future. Assuming you do get to use Google Maps or any other of its rivals, you'll also need to go into information to begin navigating, and then you'll undoubtedly require to have all the crucial information involved with navigation provided to you.

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