Google Maps introduces wheelchair accessible places feature #90380

Google has made it possible to find out whether or not a location is accessible to people

In total, over 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates were made on Google Maps.

The company is allowing users to turn an "Accessible Places" feature within the app that will then display wheelchair accessibility information more obviously within Maps.

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.

There are tens of millions of people around the world that require the use of a wheelchair in order to get where they need to go.


You can empower the element by updating to the most recent rendition of Maps on Android and iOS, and flipping the "Accessible Places" alternative inside the accessibility segment of the application's settings menu. The new feature is being rolled out to both Android and iOS users for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, the company announced in a blog post with a promise of support for additional countries on the way.

On Thursday, Google announced new search features created to help healthcare professionals and other essential workers find hotels offering special accommodations for COVID-19 responders, such as free or discounted rooms. Action Blocks is available to everyone with a smartphone running Android 5 or above.

In 2019, Google launched Live Transcribe, an app that provides real-time, speech-to-text transcriptions of everyday conversations for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Everyday conversations can be turned into text automatically, helping communication.

"Set your phone to vibrate when someone nearby says your name". Starting today, first responders can use the app to find hotels that have special policies in place to help them by typing in a search term like "hotels for essential workers in NY". Then, tap the "Settings" option and press the "Accessibility" category. 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.

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