Google Maps app gets accessibility revamp as it celebrates 15th birthday

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Google Maps is celebrating 15 years in business with a redesign which includes an accessibility improvement focus.

The tech giant has unveiled a redesigned version of its Maps app this week, an update which attempts to make things easier and better inform its users.

In a report by CNET, the new features can inform people about accessibility offering at where they are heading, on the transport they are getting there or can even search about specific locations.

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The CNET report detailed how the new redesigned and updated app can tell users if there’s an accessibility entrance or seating.

The updated app will have five tabs along the bottom of the screen: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates.

Commenting on the update, Jen Fitzpatrick, senior VP of Google Maps, said: “When we set out to map the world, we knew it would be a challenge. But 15 years in, I’m still in awe of what a gargantuan task it is.”

The update comes as part of Google’s plan for Maps to be a hub of information rather than a straightforward navigation tool.

In 2018, AMP reported on the app installing a wheelchair-accessible route planned as part of the Google accessibility plan.

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