Google Maps adds wheelchair-accessible transit navigation

Google Maps adds wheelchair-accessible transit navigation

Google Maps is helping people to navigate and explore the world by providing directions worldwide, to people who are traveling by vehicle, bicycle or on foot.

Big cities like London usually aren't known for being easily accessible to people using wheelchairs, but a new feature from Google Maps is a step toward making it easier.

It is now only available in New York, Mexico City, London, Boston and Sydney.

The service is purely aimed at major metropolitan areas (such as Sydney) and their transit routes such as buses, trains, light rail (trams) and ferries.

Google said to start this they have first brought Google Maps to the Unity engine to turn real life objects and places into Game objects in Unity, which by going on further they can add textures, depth effect, style and customize it fully to match their gaming project environments.

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Once that's done, Maps will then show the best possible route while taking into account the availability of mobility aids such as wheelchair accessible stops, platforms, entrances, and exits at transit stations. After that select the "Wheelchair accessible" toggle.

To try out the feature, you will need to go into Google Maps, type in your destination then tap "Directions".

By adding this feature Google Maps just made so easy the movement of physical disabled people, because anyone with a physical disability knows it well that it is not that simple. The company's efforts to upload street view imagery for transit stations around the world could also make it easier to introduce the wheelchair accessible filter in new cities.

To activate the feature, all you have to do is head to Google Maps (on mobile or desktop) and input directions for public transport like you normally would.

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