Google Maps: You can now add accessibility details to restaurants, museums, and other places


Google has introduced a new way of adding accessibility details about places to Maps and Search. These details help people with disabilities find out whether or not a restaurant has a wheelchair accessible entrance, a store has an elevator to get to the next floor, and so on.

To share accessibility info about a certain place, just open up Google Maps on your Android device, head into the main menu, and tap on “Your contributions.” From there, select “Uncover missing info” and then sort by “Accessibility” to see the places in your area that don’t have these details listed yet. The final step in this process is simply to add the info and share it with the world. You can see how this looks like in the image above.

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If you’re heading out and want to check if a place you’re going to has any of these accessibility features, just find it on Google Maps (desktop or mobile) or Search (only mobile), select the business listing, tap on the two-line description, and then just scroll down to the accessibility section to find out all the details.

If none are listed, you have the option or adding them by choosing the “Know what features this place has?” You can choose from a few different accessibility attributes which include wheelchair-accessible entrances, wheelchair-accessible elevators, wheelchair-accessible seating, and wheelchair-accessible parking.

Previous updates

Create and share lists of cool places

February 13: This update added the option of creating lists of places and share them with family, friends, and colleagues. These lists could be anything from the best restaurants in town and the best spots for fishing to the coolest clubs or 100 places to see before you die. You’re not limited to physical places, as you can add places that are not marked on the map by dropping a pin.

You can access all the lists you have created from the side menu, in the Your Places section. Once you open a list, you can easily share it with anyone via a custom link that you can send over your favorite social or messaging app.

New tabbed interface

February 6: Google added a new tabbed interface that makes it easier to get to frequently used features, grouped into three main categories: Driving, Transit, and Places. Finding a good place to eat, entering Driving Mode or catching the next train is easier than ever.

Parking estimation and hotel amenities

January 26: With this Google Maps update, the popular navigation app started estimating how long it will take to park at your destination. The same release also brought images albums showing the amenities you’d get at hotels, motels or other lodging locations.

Uber integration and new UI improvements

January 12: Google has brought full Uber integration to Maps on Android, allowing you to book, complete and pay for an Uber ride directly within the app. There’s also a new interface in Maps that shows the types of ride options you have in a particular location.

Tons of new voice commands

September 29: A ton of new voice commands are now available within Google Maps on Android, allowing you to mute, show route overview, avoid tolls, and much more, all while using your voice. A full list of the new voice commands can be found here.

Speed limit signs

September 14: While this feature may not be live for everyone, Google Maps has started showing speed limit signs on certain roads. These signs appear as small, unobtrusive notifications on the bottom-left of the navigation display.

from Android Authority


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