Google Maps – Updates for the Visually Impaired

By November 9, 2019 January 30th, 2020 Latest in Disability Care

On World Sight Day, October 10, Google Maps rolled out new features to assist people with vision impairments in Japan and the US


Built by people with vision impairments, the features give more detailed voice guidance and new types of verbal announcements for walking trips

The app informs users if they are on the right route, the distance till their next turn, with warnings on larger intersections.

All scaled down to the time and distances that are appropriate to a walking pace.

Its hoped that the app will give people much more confidence in getting around and increasing independence

Sadly, it’s not available down under yet. Watch this space, we will update you when that happens.

In the meantime, you can use Google Maps Walking Options Settings menu under “Navigation Settings”. “Walking Options” on newer Android Devices


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