Wheelchair accessible places in Google Maps and new Android accessibility updates


Accessibility is a big thing for Google since this is a tech company that wants pretty much everyone to end up using their products no matter what else might be the case and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that technology is quickly becoming something that people often rely on for a wide variety of reasons.

To get wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps, update the app to the latest version, go to Settings, select "Accessibility", and turn on "Accessible Places".

Google is now rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations.

To commemorate the ninth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day today, Google released Action Blocks, an Android app that uses Google Assistant to kick off actions with the tap of a home shortcut.

Google has added another new feature to Maps and Search, with key and essential workers now able to search for safe, discounted accommodation in the USA and UK. That's the support for wheelchair-accessible places that will help people better plan trips to new places by knowing in advance if the location supports wheelchair access.

Wheelchair accessibility
Wheelchair accessibility

But to make the feature even better, it's up to business owners to update their listings with accessibility information about wheelchair access, something Google encourages store owners to do.

In total, this community has contributed more than 500 million wheelchair accessibility updates to Google Maps.

-Open Google Maps app on Android or iOS. And in Google Maps and Google Search, it's now easier to find accessibility information about over 15 million places in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

GoogleGoogle Maps Accessible Places attribute: How to enable it.


The navigation app already offered information about places with wheelchair accessible facilities, but you can now choose to prioritise this in Maps. Google states that it's rolling out an update to allow users that are iPhone to contribute accessibility information easily.

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