Google has released new accessibility features for Google Maps on Android, iOS, and other platforms. Some features have already been released, while others will be released within the year.
One of the new features is the ability for businesses to identify themselves in Maps and Search. Google has added options for business owners to indicate if their business is suitable for the disabled community, or if they are friendly towards groups such as the LGBT community or have Asian owners.
Another feature is the Lens in Maps, which helps visually impaired or visually challenged individuals by using AI and AR in the phone’s camera to analyze and read information on the screen aloud. This feature is already available on iOS, with Android users expected to receive it later this year.
Google has also added wheelchair routing options, which will show wheelchair users the best possible routes on the map. This feature will be available for both iOS and Android users worldwide.
Furthermore, Google is now providing information about wheelchair-accessible places on the business page and Android Auto page when searching for locations on Google Maps. Clicking on a place will display a wheelchair icon if the destination has features such as step-free access, accessible restrooms, parking spaces, or seating for disabled individuals.
TLDR: Google has introduced new accessibility features for Google Maps, including the ability for businesses to specify if they are accessible to the disabled community. Other features include Lens in Maps for visually impaired users, wheelchair routing options, and information about wheelchair-accessible places. The updates aim to provide a more inclusive experience for all users.