Company’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced the rollout of the new feature on Twitter.
We’re introducing new accessibility tools including more prominent wheelchair accessibility info in @GoogleMaps, on… https://t.co/Mv2Iq5ocBy
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) 1590082595000
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. The company asks its users to update its Google Maps apps to the latest version to get this feature.
In order to turn it on, users will be required to go to Settings by tapping on the picture on the top right corner and scroll down to ‘Accessibility settings’ on turn on ‘Accessible Places.’
Once this feature is enabled, Google Maps users will be able to see a wheelchair icon that indicates whether or not the place is accessible via a wheelchair.
Not only that, the app will also segregate that the accessibility is in terms of entrance, seating, restrooms and parking by providing an individual check mark for each of them. This can be seen by tapping on a particular location and scrolling down to find all the details of that place such as contact number, rating, website, etc. “If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, we’ll show that information on Maps as well,” said Google.
The company has also said that for iPhone users, it is making it easier to contribute accessibility information. Google also says that during this time of Covid-19, it is especially important for its users to know before they go to a place so that they won’t be stranded outside.