Google is adding the option of wheelchair-accessible routes to Google Maps ‘to make public transit work for everyone’.
Launching first in major cities including London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney, Google has plans to roll the journey planner out to other cities.
Google Maps users will be able to select the option when navigating a city and the app will display routes deemed to be safe and accessible for people with limited mobility.
Google product manager Rio Akasaka announced the changes on his blog yesterday.
He wrote: “In city centers, buses and trains are often the best way to get around, which presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs. Information about which stations and routes are wheelchair friendly isn’t always readily available or easy to find,” he wrote.
“To make public transit work for everyone, today we’re introducing ‘wheelchair accessible’ routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs.”
In 2016 Google Maps added a feature allowing users to inform Google if a location was wheelchair-accessible.
Akasaka added: “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” the product manager explained at the time, saying he wants to make sure that “even those with access needs” benefit from this.