A new editing feature that crowdsources accessibility details about locations or business listings has been rolled out by Google, which makes it possible for anybody to add details on whether or not a place is wheelchair-accessible.
“When you want to share accessibility information about a place or add details about many places quickly, just open Google Maps on Android,” product managers Shiva Thiagarajan and Rio Akasaka advise on the Google Maps Blog. “Open the main menu, and then tap ‘Your contributions.’ Tap ‘Uncover missing info’ and sort by ‘Accessibility’ to find places around you that are missing this kind of information.”
There are four different descriptors to select from
- wheelchair-accessible entrances
- wheelchair-accessible elevators
- wheelchair-accessible seating
- wheelchair-accessible parking
In the announcement, you will be able to find wheelchair-accessible details for a particular location on both Google maps desktop and mobile, and even on Google search on mobile as well. Just tap the two-line description under a location’s name an scrolling down to the accessibility section.
This update came after the shutdown of Map Maker back in November of last year.
According to Google, the company retired the Map Maker in order to streamline the editing process by integrating it directly into Google Maps. Although there was the obvious need to stop the unwanted spam in Google Maps, there was the fear that he move would allow spammers to remain anonymous while still making edits through the “suggest an edit” tab in Google Maps and business listings.