Google Maps Adds 'Wheelchair Accessible' Routes to Transit Navigation in Several Cities

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google Maps today announced the availability of new "wheelchair accessible" routes in its transit navigation directions for several cities around the world, recognizing that using trains and buses can present challenges for people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility needs.

    To access the new "wheelchair accessible" routes in the Google Maps app, enter a desired destination, tap Directions, select the public transportation icon, and then tap Options. The new route type can be found under the Routes section.

    After selecting the "wheelchair accessible" option, Maps' directions list routes that take mobility needs into consideration, such as if a transit station has accessible stops, platforms, entrances, and exits.

    Google says the feature is rolling out across London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney, with other major metropolitan transit centers around the world to follow.

    In addition to the new feature, Google has been updating its Street View imagery of transit stations and city centers to allow users to preview locations ahead of time. Google says it hopes the expanded coverage will make life easier not only for people who use wheelchairs, but also for anyone who's using crutches or pushing a stroller.

    Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Maps Adds 'Wheelchair Accessible' Routes to Transit Navigation in Several Cities
  2. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    Fantastic addition for Google Maps, that will help millions of people around, what ever OS they use.
  3. IGI2 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2015
    Google Maps added Disneyland, Apple Maps fanboys mocked.

    Google Maps added wheelchair routes, Apple Maps doesn't have even cycling directions and routes.

    Apple Maps are getting obsolete faster and faster.
  4. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Great addition to an already fantastic map app.
  5. walnuts macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Haha if they add NYC, will it just tell you to give up or move to another city? (NYC is notoriously bad with accessible transit, and terribly slow at making any improvements...)

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