Google Maps will initially support over 15 million places around the world, a figure which doubled since 2017 thanks to 120 million Neighborhood Guides along with other men and women who shared this sort of information.
To get wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps, update the app to the latest version, go to Settings, select "Accessibility", and turn on "Accessible Places".
In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google's adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location's accessibility facilities front and centre.
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Once enabled, businesses and places of interest that have wheelchair-accessible facilities will be marked clearly with a wheelchair icon and additional information on what's available.
But to make the feature even better, it's up to business owners to update their listings with accessibility information about wheelchair access, something Google encourages store owners to do. And in Google Maps and Google Search, it's now easier to find accessibility information about over 15 million places in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Also, if a destination doesn't have a passageway that is obliging to various accommodating needs, Maps will all the more expressly show that data. Once the "Accessible Places" option is activated in the mobile application's settings, Google Maps will display wheelchair icons to indicate locations with disabled access.
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. Tap a location to see more information. Google says it is rolling out an update to allow iPhone users to more easily contribute accessibility information to Maps. Hence, it is pretty understandable why Google would want something like this happening all in all, and in a new update the tech giant has brought a number of new features into the mix all of which are created to optimize accessibility in every single way, shape or form.