Starting right this moment, Google Maps will function a brand new mode referred to as Accessible Places that, when toggled on, will extra prominently present wheelchair accessibility data, the corporate introduced on Thursday. It can be rolling out regularly, the corporate says, for each Android and iOS.
“When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking,” Google explains in a weblog publish. “If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well.”
Google designed the function for the 130 million international wheelchair customers, of which 30 million reside within the US, and it constructed it utilizing the crowdsourced efforts of its Local Guides volunteers, who helped double the variety of accessibility listings for companies to greater than 15 million after Google put a call for help in 2017. “Store owners have also helped, using Google My Business to add accessibility information for their business profiles to help users needing stair-free access find them on Google Maps and Search,” Google says.
“To get wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps, update your app to the latest version, go to Settings, select “Accessibility,” and activate “Accessible Places.” The function is obtainable on each Android and iOS,” Google says.
The firm can also be giving iOS customers the flexibility to extra simply contribute accessibility data, as is the case for the Android model of Google Maps. “This guide has ideas for ranking accessibility, in case you’re undecided what counts as being ‘accessible.’ We invite everybody to change on Accessible Places and contribute accessibility data to assist folks in your group,” Google says.