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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Google Ramps Up Accessibility Mapping

Google is taking advantage of its sizable collection of Maps app users to make the service more beneficial to people with disabilities.

People with mobility challenges are typically not taken into account in the realm of transportation. Which is odd when one considers that practically every other need -- from restaurant reviews to boutique store locations -- can be had by selecting an icon or two on a Google Maps display.

To be sure, Google Maps currently indicates if a particular location is wheelchair accessible, thanks to the efforts of one of the company's employees. Now, though, the company allows people to tap into crowdsourcing information from its 30 million global Local Guides. Users are submitting photos and tips about neighborhood locations. In return, they receive minor perks such as beefed up storage space.

Google requires crowdsourcing contributors to provide feedback to five questions, such as whether a location has accessible bathrooms or entrances, when contributing a review for a business or other location.

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