App now lets those with mobility needs plot a route across major cities.
Google Maps now has the ability to plot public transport routes across major world cities for those with mobility needs, following the launch of a new ‘wheelchair accessible’ mode.
Announcing the plans in an official blog post, Google said the aim was to provide wheelchair users and those with mobility needs quick access to step–free routes on buses, trams and trains.
It said that major public transport networks did not always provide readily available information on platforms, lifts and step–free access, claiming that this new app update would go some way to fixing the problem.
To access the new mode, iPhone and Android users simply need to open Google Maps, tap directions, choose the public transport icon and then hit options. Under the routes section, the new ‘wheelchair accessible’ mode will then show the best route to take.
The service is being rolled out in select cities, including London, Sydney, Tokyo, Mexico City and Boston. Google says it is working with other transport companies and hopes to bring this new feature to more towns and cities in the coming months.
Google has also added accessibility information to Street View following consolation with locals at over 200 special meet ups late last year.