How to use Google Maps wheelchair accessible routes

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Google Maps is helping people to navigate and explore the world by providing directions worldwide, to people who are traveling by vehicle, bicycle or on foot. Its utility has expanded even further with a new feature which is built specifically to help the wheelchair users to better navigate public transit routes.

With a new Google Maps feature, the technology giant is looking to make it easier for people with disabilities to get around.

The report says the new option is now only available in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney, but Google has plans to add more cities. Once you tap on Options, you will find wheelchair accessible under the Routes section.

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Then, before selecting a route hit the "Options" menu and change the tick to "Wheelchair accessible" under the preferred route column.

In cities such as San Francisco or NY, you can find information online on how wheelchair-accessible the streets and stations are, although it's not exactly easy to navigate those sites. In 2017, Google Maps added the feature to see if space is accessible by wheelchair under the "amenities" tab. "Information about which stations and routes are wheelchair friendly isn't always readily available or easy to find", wrote Rio Akasaka, product manager for Google Maps, in announcing the feature. Google says more cities will continue to be added in the future. The search giant recently has introduced a wheelchair-friendly navigation feature on its maps application that will provide optimal transit routes to make transit more accessible to almost everyone.

To activate the feature, all you have to do is head to Google Maps (on mobile or desktop) and input directions for public transport like you normally would.

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