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Mar152018

Google Maps Adds ‘Wheelchair Accessible’ Routes in Transit Navigation

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Google Maps, which is already helping people to navigate and explore the world, provide directions to people traveling by car, bicycle or on foot—Wednesday, gets a new feature that now offer routes to those people with mobility needs.

In order to make public transit accessible for everyone, Google introducing new “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation.

To access the new “wheelchair accessible” routes,

  • Simple type in the destination into Google Maps and then tap on “Directions” and select the public transportation icon.
  • Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section “wheelchair accessible” will appear as a new route type.
  • Once selected this option, a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration will appear.

Here is an GIF animation of the new wheelchair routes:

New wheelchair routes in google maps

The features is rolling out starting today in all major metropolitan transit centers in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.

Google says, they’ll add additional wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps in the coming months.

In other news, soon business owners can add descriptions to their Google My Business listings that will appear in the local panel in search results.

Users of Google My Business can go into their accounts and click on the “info” section, where they may see this business description section that can be edited.

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