Google introduces wheelchair accessible navigation for maps

Google introduces wheelchair accessible navigation for maps
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Google on Thursday introduced a wheelchair-friendly navigation feature on its maps application that will provide optimal transit routes "to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs." 

The search giant announced that its widely used digital map program will now provide users with wheelchair accessible routes that list train and bus services that are the most accommodating for travelers or commuters in wheelchairs. 

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Google users in Boston, London, Mexico City, New York, Sydney and Tokyo now have full access to the upgraded maps system, Google Maps project manager Rio Akasaka wrote in a company statement, adding that more routes in other cities are planned.

"With the help of transit agencies around the globe and people like you who contribute local knowledge, we’re making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone," Akasaka said. 

Google is also working on adding more street views of urban centers and transit systems so that people with mobility needs can scout out locations ahead of time. 

The company, which launched the mapping service in 2005, uses crowdsourcing as a method of obtaining up-to-date information on localities.