Google Maps adding wheelchair-accessible routes for bus and train journeys

Ruben Ruiz
March 17, 2018

"We're looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps", said Google.

In some welcome news, Google have announced that their maps service now includes transit route options that take into account wheelchair accessibility.

The new feature became available yesterday (14 March) in six different metropolitan areas - London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Sydney, New York and Boston. By using real-time updates and location data Devs will be able to re-imagine our world, find best places to make the 3D renderings of roads, bulidings, houses, statues and real life places directly into the Unity engine making it incredibly easy, Which was all done manually before by the developers. TechCrunch notes developers behind Google Maps and other mapping apps are still figuring out how to incorporate street info that could be highly valuable to people with disabilities, including sidewalk conditions and grade, curb cuts and pedestrian crossing zones. Google says more cities will continue to be added in the future.

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Then, before selecting a route hit the "Options" menu and change the tick to "Wheelchair accessible" under the preferred route column. Google Maps is aiming to mitigate this problem with its latest addition to Maps - wheelchair accessible navigation.

Google points out that this feature can be handy not for the wheelchair user but with anyone with limited mobility, no matter if it's because of an injury, age or a baby stroller.

"Last September, Local Guides from around the world gathered at 200 global meet-ups to answer accessibility questions-like whether a place has a step-free entrance or an accessible restroom-for more than 12 million places".

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