The Latest Google Maps Update Will Make Travel Easier for Millions Around the World
The update came to be courtesy of a Googler using their "twenty percent project" time, in which employees can use 20 percent of their time to work on a personal passion.
Getting around via public transportation can prove particularly difficult for those in a wheelchair or those who have other physical limitations. To help make the world a more accessible place — for all — Google Maps has taken an impressive step to make getting from A to B less stressful for those with a disability.
Last week on the Google Maps blog, the tech giant announced new "wheelchair accessible" routes. Using the feature is easy: Enter your desired destination in Google maps, tap "Directions," and then select the public transportation icon. Under the "Routes" section, you can then select "wheelchair accessible." Google Maps will then present you with route options that take into account wheelchair-friendly transportation stops.
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While the app update is certainly encouraging, to date, the feature is only availalbe in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney. Promisngly, Google states in its blog post that it's "[l]ooking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps."
In addition to those using a wheelchair, these routes may prove especially helpful to those on crutches or individuals traveling with a stroller who need an elevator to travel into and out of subway stations. While many are quick criticize tech's dominance in everyday life, this is certainly one example of tech working to make a more inclusive, better world for everyone in it.