Google Maps will start using crowd-sourced data to highlight wheelchair accessible places

So that no one is left out from visiting their favorite places, Google Maps has introduced a new feature to accommodate those who need a wheelchair.

Google Maps is yet to tag places for those who need wheelchair access, but the company has come up with a method to gather information about the same. It will crowdsource the information through its 'contribution' option. On opening this option, it shows an 'uncover missing info' button. After this is the accessibility button which shows a host of places in the user's vicinity which have been marked in Google Maps. On clicking any of these places in the map, the app displays a slew of questions on wheelchair accessibility, like whether it has a wheelchair entrance or a wheelchair accessible park and a lift for the same.

Image credits: Google

Image credits: Google

Along with accessibility it also gives child-friendly options, options for food conscious people, places to have fun and reviews, amongst a host of others. This option is available for Android users.

This feature, which is a step into making the maps more useful, is in the beta stage and is yet to be formally added. Other than the 'uncover missing info' feature, it also has a 'check the facts' option which allows the user to add information about a certain place.

Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 11:42 AM | Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 11:42 AM