According to Google, nearly 130 million people worldwide rely on wheelchairs to get around.
It's one of several updates Google has made to Google Maps this year, following a big redesign in February.
Visit the BGR home page for more stories. However, with all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that there are a lot of problems that people who use wheelchairs often face and this has to do with the fact that not every place out there is going to offer accessible entrances as well as amenities for people that are living with disabilities.
As healthcare professionals continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic across the United States and much of the world, Google is adding a new Maps feature to help those individuals find special accommodations when they're done their daily shifts.More news: Hana Kimura, Pro Wrestler and ‘Terrace House’ Cast Member, Dies at 22
People can now turn on an "Accessible Places" feature to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in Google Maps. Google says it is rolling out an update to allow iPhone users to more easily contribute accessibility information to Maps.
-Tap on the profile picture. Then, tap the "Settings" option and press the "Accessibility" category.
On Thursday, Google announced new search features created to help healthcare professionals and other essential workers find hotels offering special accommodations for COVID-19 responders, such as free or discounted rooms. This feature will make it so that you can see all nearby places that are wheelchair accessible on Maps.
"This guide has tips for rating accessibility, in case you're not sure what counts as being 'accessible.' We invite everyone to switch on Accessible Places and contribute accessibility information to help people in your community", Google said.More news: Boris Johnson u-turns on surcharge on worldwide NHS workers after Tory rebellion
The new feature is very easy to use. Also, if a destination doesn't have a passageway that is obliging to various accommodating needs, Maps will all the more expressly show that data.
70 new languages are now supported by the app, including Albanian, Estonian, Burmese, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi and Uzbek.
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