Google Maps Makes Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Find

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To honor the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google will add a new feature to the Maps app.

The “Accessible Places” is the name of the new option that will show its users all possible establishments which have wheelchair-accessible entrances, places to park, and restrooms. Such locations will receive a wheelchair icon next to them on the Maps. While this information has been included to the Google Maps for some time, it used to be hidden in the menu.

This more clear and convenient way of navigation will be helpful not for wheelchair users or people suffering from medical conditions only, but also for parents with strollers or people who have been exhausted from walking or carrying large items.

To enable the new option, a user needs to go to the settings menu in Google Maps, choose Accessibility Settings, and then Accessible Places. Right now, it is available for the U.S, U.K, Japan, and Australia, but Google promises to add more countries soon.

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