Technology, when mixed with benevolence, creates wonders for the people who have to struggle a lot to perform the simple, day to day activities.
Yesterday, Google introduced a navigation feature on Google Maps for physically challenged. The feature provides optimal transit routes "to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs."
The additional feature “Options” allows you to search for directions to a particular place. Under the “Routes” section of the menu, people will get to see places that are “wheelchair accessible”.
This special feature allows people to access places that have best transit routes by telling them where the staircases and entrances are.
On its blog post, Google said,
We built this feature to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, but accessible routes are also helpful if you’re on crutches or pushing a stroller. With the help of transit agencies around the globe and people like you who contribute local knowledge, we’re making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone.
However, as of now, this technology is being launched only in big metro cities across the world like London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney.
The Google Maps project manager Rio Akasaka is planning to add more routes in other cities as well.
In the company's statement, she wrote,
With the help of transit agencies around the globe and people like you who contribute local knowledge, we’re making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone.
While building this extra feature, Google got a helping hand from local guides who informed them about the convenient places that are easily accessible for challenged people.