Google Maps is one of the most popular apps for both navigating and getting information on various local businesses, so the new wheelchair accessibility feature is an acknowledgement of the wide range of people who use the app. The wheelchair accessibility feature lets users know whether the business they are looking into includes amenities for those in wheelchairs.
To see the new feature, users first select any business on Google Maps, from restaurants to retailers and anything else. They tap the "About" tab in the top right corner, which has always included important information regarding the business. That page will now feature an "Amenities" column which will include whether the business is wheelchair accessible. This information will be gleaned through crowdsourcing data from users.
The hope is that such a feature will not only make planning excursions easier for those in wheelchairs, but it will also encourage business to contribute to making public spaces more accessible overall.
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Google Maps Now Tells Users About Accessibility
- By: Joey HaarDec 23, 2016