Back in July last year, Google showed its map users how they can contribute to the accessibility details for people using wheelchairs. And now, Google is introducing new “wheelchair-accessible” routes in Maps’ transit navigation, starting with six major cities.
Wheelchair-accessible routes will depend on whether a station has accessible stops, platforms, entrances, and exits. They’re very easy to toggle;
- Firstly, set the origin and destination
- Just select the public transportation option after you’ve
- Click ‘Options,” and check “Wheelchair accessible” as the preferred route.
According to Google, this new feature are not only meant for those with wheelchairs, it could also come in handy for those on crutches or pushing a stroller around.
In addition, Local Guides played a special role in designating areas as wheelchair-accessible and gathered at 200 global meet-ups. In total, they helped answer pertinent questions for over 12 million places, which is no small feat.
Wheelchair-accessible routes are rolling out starting today to five major metropolitan transit centers: Boston, London, Mexico City, Sydney, and Tokyo. In the coming months, Google will be working with more transit agencies to bring more of these routes to Maps. If you’re in one of those five cities, let us know if this new option is showing up.