Google Maps has introduced a wheelchair-friendly option across six major cities. The new navigation feature will plan wheelchair accessible routes to help people with disabilities navigate the public transport system. Initially only launching in New York, Tokyo, London, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney, Google Maps hopes to add more cities to the system in the Future.
With 39% of UK mobile users using navigation/transportation apps once a month, such services have widespread appeal, and there is further ability to tailor these features to the needs of the individual. Systems that use audible prompts and vibrations to help the visually impaired navigate their way are already being developed with potential for health conscious, family and budget options to be created.