In Brief

Google Maps has added details to help people find wheelchair-accessible routes in several major cities around the world

In an attempt to be more inclusive, Google Maps now denotes the most wheelchair-accessible routes in major metropolitan areas. While anyone can use Google’s app to find directions or choose the best public transit route, those with mobility challenges previously had no way to know whether the path would be accessible for them. Google addressed this issue by working with local transit agencies and guides around the world to identify and catalogue the optimal routes for travelers with disabilities.

To see these routes, Google Maps users can enter their destination, tap the “Directions” tab and choose “wheelchair accessible” as one of the options. While the feature is currently available in Boston, New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City and Sydney, Google plans to continue its expansion worldwide, in accordance with its recent commitment to greater accessibility.

Google Maps

In an attempt to be more inclusive, Google Maps now denotes the most wheelchair-accessible routes in major metropolitan areas. While anyone can use Google’s app to find directions or choose the best public transit route, those with mobility challenges previously had no way to know whether the path would be accessible for them. Google addressed this issue by working with local transit agencies and guides around the world to identify and catalogue the optimal routes for travelers with disabilities.