Back in December, Google lastly added accessibility particulars to Maps. It was an extended awaited addition, however a particularly welcome one for the greater than three million individuals within the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we famous on the time, nonetheless, the obtainable data nonetheless left loads to be desired. Maps has at the moment collected accessibility knowledge for nearly seven million locations, however even with databases like Wheelmap, there have been nonetheless some fairly massive gaps throughout the nation.
This week, Google’s trying to pace the method up a bit by crowdsourcing the dataset. Now Android customers can open up Google Maps and enter that data for a location themselves. The related data is positioned below the “Accessibility” tab in “Your Contributions.” From there, customers can add details about whether or not a spot has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator, restroom and extra.
Once added, that data might be obtainable via Google Maps and search on cell and the desktop within the Accessibility part of a location’s description. That data is viewable on all platforms, although Google apparently doesn’t have a timeline for when desktop and iOS customers will be capable to contribute to the rising database.
As we famous in our earlier put up, the knowledge continues to extraordinarily essential for individuals who depend on wheelchairs to get round. Despite the truth that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires entry for brand spanking new buildings, these constructed earlier than its 1993 aren’t required to stick to the identical requirements, that means entry can typically be a little bit of a crapshoot for older places — a incontrovertible fact that these of us who don’t have the identical form of accessibility points can too typically take without any consideration.