If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility, this will probably sound very familiar to you. Have you ever made plans to go somewhere new, only to be stuck outside, not able to sit with family or get to the toilets, due to poor accessibility? It’s a very frustrating experience for many people with mobility issues.
Imagine being able to ‘know before you go’ whether a destination is wheelchair accessible, just as effortlessly as looking up the address. Well now you can, thanks to a new Google Maps feature.
Simply turn on the ‘Accessible Places’ feature on your device to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps. When Accessible Places is switched on, a wheelchair icon will indicate an accessible entrance and you’ll be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking. If it’s confirmed that a place does not have an accessible entrance, that information will be shown on Google Maps as well.
Google Maps already has wheelchair accessibility information for more than 15 million places around the world, thanks to more than 120 million local guides and others who have shared accessibility information.
How to get wheelchair accessibility information
This feature is available on both Android and iOS devices. To get wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps, simply:
- update your app to the latest version
- go to Settings
- select “Accessibility,”
- turn on “Accessible Places”.
The Accessible Places feature is starting to rollout for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, with support for additional countries on the way.
To read more about this great new feature and watch a short video, click here.
Where to find the mobility experts.
Conveniently located at Geebung in Brisbane, Power Mobility is a NDIS Registered Provider, offering the perfect combination of quality mobility products, personal service and expert advice. Widely regarded as the power chair specialists, Power Mobility also offers an extensive selection of manual wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs and many more mobility solutions. So give our friendly team a call on 07 3265 4663 or drop into our showroom. Not sure how to find us? Check out our location on Google Maps here.