Google Maps Introduces Wheelchair Accessible Routes in Transit Navigation
by Tech Mainstream
May 21, 2018
Wheelchair accessible routes can now be determined through Google Maps route options feature. For the most part, wheelchair accessibilty information has been limited- a definitive problem since "all people regardless of disability are entitled to equal access to all parts of society like public transportation and buildings. A wheelchair user is less disabled in an environment without stairs." Therefore it follows that access to accessibility information should be also readily available.
Besides helping individuals in wheelchairs or those with other mobility needs, the feature also assists individuals with crutches or using a stroller. Currently available in metropolitan transit centers around the world, including London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney, the feature's locations will be expanding in the coming months to serve accessibilty needs worldwide.
This accessibility feature has been created by people around the world using Local Guides gathered at 200 global meet-ups to assess availability of transit centers step-free entrances or accessible restrooms. Additionally Google has been updating Street View imagery of transit stations and city centers for more accurate accessibily information.
To use the feature, if one of the selected metropolitan locations, simply "type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type."