With excerpts from: Sasha Blair-Goldensohn Software Engineer, Google Maps, Published May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 was Global Accessibility Awareness Day and, to commemorate the occasion, Google Maps added a new feature that can be turned on when planning outings. People can now turn on an “Accessible Places” feature to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps. When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking. If it is confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, Google will show that information on Maps as well.
With this feature “rollout”, it’s easier to find and contribute wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps. That benefits everyone, from those individuals using wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers to older adults with tired legs and people hauling heavy items. And in this time of COVID-19, it’s especially important to know before you go so that you won’t be stranded outside that pharmacy, grocery or restaurant.
For more information on the new feature, click here.