'Wheelchair Accessible' routes on Google Maps

Google adds'wheelchair accessible routes on Maps

Users can filter transit directions to only include wheelchair-accessible routes by going into the "Options" section where a new "Wheelchair Accessible" route type will appear alongside the options for best route, fewest transfers, and least walking.

Type your desired destination into Google Maps.

The wheelchair accessible feature isn't yet available in South Africa's cities, but will first be implemented in the likes of London, New York and Tokyo.

Google said this month that it is adding information on its Maps platform to point people to accessible public transit stops in cities around the world. Presence of several escalators and stairs at trains and bus stations means that navigating through these transportation hubs is not easy for those who use wheelchairs.

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In cities such as San Francisco or NY, you can find information online on how wheelchair-accessible the streets and stations are, although it's not exactly easy to navigate those sites.

Google Maps will then show you a list of possible routes that can be taken accordingly.

To use the feature, punch in a route as you usually would, then tap on "options".

Google explained in a blog post that much of the data was gathered as part of its Local Guides program. This week, the tech company announced the introduction of "wheelchair accessible" routes for public transit trips. 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. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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