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Google will make accessibility information for wheelchairs more prominent on Maps


Google Maps will feature a new mode called Accessible Places which will show wheelchair accessibility info more prominently when toggled on, the company announced on Thursday. It'll roll out gradually for both Android and iOS, the company says.

Google designed the feature for the 130 million global wheelchair users, 30 million of whom reside in the United States, and built it using the crowd-sourced efforts of its Local Guides volunteers, who helped double the number of business accessibility listings to more than 15 million after Google applied for assistance in 2017. "Store owners have also helped to add accessibility information to their business profiles using Google My Business to help users who need stair-free access find it on Google Maps and Search," says Google.

"To get accessibility information for wheelchairs displayed more prominently in Google Maps, update your app to the latest version, go to Settings, select" Accessibility, "and turn on" Accessible Places. "This feature is available on both Android and iOS," says Google.

As with the Android version of Google Maps, the company also gives iOS users the ability to more easily contribute accessibility information. "This guide has accessibility rating tips, in case you're not sure what counts as 'accessible.' We invite everyone to switch on Accessible Places and contribute accessibility information to help people in your community," says Google.

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