Introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation

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Introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation

In 2017, Google Maps added the feature to see if space is accessible by wheelchair under the "amenities" tab.

To find the wheelchair accessible routes, you have to type your destination into Google Maps, then tap Directions, and choose the public transportation icon. It's also thought that in NY, about 80 percent of subways are inaccessible to those using a wheelchair, something that prompted a lawsuit this week. Google also said that they are looking to work with other cities as they want to expand further and give the best experience to its user.

It is now only available in New York, Mexico City, London, Boston and Sydney.

Using it is straightforward enough for anyone that has used Maps before. "When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration", the blog post said.

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In addition, Google has been working to improve accessibility information in Google Maps while working with local guides. The "wheelchair accessible" routes have been rolled out at major metropolitan transit centres around the world.

Though I would urge caution when using this feature as there was one little notification which stated to "use caution - wheelchair-accessible directions may not always reflect real-world conditions" - whatever that means.

Big cities like London usually aren't known for being easily accessible to people using wheelchairs, but a new feature from Google Maps is a step toward making it easier.

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