Google Maps added a new feature for users in which they can turn on an “Accessible Places” highlight to find wheelchair-accessible locations.
This new feature in Google Maps lets users find wheelchair accessible places with the push of a button.
This feature of “Accessible Places” can be turned on and off in the Google Maps app.
The time it turns to switched on, accessible places can be quickly identified with a wheelchair icon, and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms, or parking.
The icon is so hidden that it’s a wonder why Google wouldn’t opt to add it to Maps listings by default.
You will see that information on maps when it is confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance. Accessible Place is a feature that has to be turned on manually.
Maps for Everyone
Google Maps has wheelchair accessibility knowledge for longer than 15 million places around the world. Since 2017 the number of wheelchair accessible places in Google Maps is more than doubled.
Another root of wheelchair accessibility knowledge is store owners who can immediately provide the info in their Google My Business listing.
This new feature will benefit more than the 130 million wheelchair users worldwide, including the over 30 million Americans who have a problem using stairs.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential to know before you go so that you won’t be stranded outside that pharmacy, grocery, or restaurant.
Update Ready Now
The feature is beginning to work for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with support for additional countries. This update to the Google Maps app is ready now on Android and iOS.
If you want to use the feature after updating your app to the latest version, go to Settings, select “Accessibility,” and turn on “Accessible Places.”Android users already could share this information, and iOS users are getting it now for the first time.
Google sees that this update signifies a milestone in the company’s journey to build a more accessible Google Maps. More recent works include app update to help people find accessible places, transit routes, and walking directions.