Life in a wheelchair is not easy. Every day we hear stories of people who face certain unpleasant situations because of their mobility problems. Nowadays, developers are trying hard to make life easier for these people and we notice their efforts in every domain.
Google is one of the most active voices in the campaign for solving mobility issues, so they have thought about adding new routes on Google Maps. This would seem natural in the process of updating their application, but their idea has something special: the new routes are wheelchair-friendly. Also, users who face this situation can see which way is easier and adapted to wheelchairs when they want to use public transport.
How does the new feature work?
It might seem complicated, but the new feature is easy to use. All you have to do is to open Google Maps, type the destination you want to reach, select the Directions button and choose the icon compatible with public transport. After you do this, you will see that from the Options menu, you have to go into Routes and select the one which has the “wheelchair accessible” mention. If you do this, the app will show you the list of possible routes dedicated to those with special mobility needs. Google also mentions that here you will find special indications also, like if in stations there are accessibility platforms or stops and if there are facilities on the entrance and exists.
Are the special routes updated and available for all the cities in the world?
So far, the special routes indicators have been introduced on Google Maps only for London, Mexico City, Tokyo, Sydney and Boston, but other major cities are on the waiting list. The most important mention is that the special routes have introduced with help from other users who indicated the most wheelchair-friendly routes from the mentioned cities. The initiative is part of Google’s program to digitally support the society’s development and social integration of people who can be subject to discrimination.