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Google Maps rolls out wheelchair accessible routes

In 2017, under the amenities tab, Google introduced a feature to see if a space is accessible by wheelchair.

Edited by: India TV Tech Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 16, 2018 11:32 IST ]
The feature is rolling out in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

To help differently abled, Google Maps introduced wheelchair accessible routes at major metropolitan transit centres globally. The feature is rolling out in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

In city centres, buses and trains, often the best way to get around presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs. "We're looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps," Rio Akasaka, Product Manager, Google Maps, said in a blog post on Friday. To access the wheelchair accessible routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps.

Tap Directions then select the public transportation icon. Then tap Options and under the Routes section, the users will find wheelchair accessible as a new route type."When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration," the blog post said. "Additionally, we've been busy capturing and updating Street View imagery of transit stations and city centres so people can preview a place or transit station ahead of time," it added. 

In 2017, under the amenities tab, Google introduced a feature to see if a space is accessible by wheelchair.

(With IANS inputs)

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