Google Maps updated with enhanced voice guidance for visually impaired peoples

Google Maps rolling out detailed voice guidance for walking directions

Google Maps rolling out detailed voice guidance for walking directions

Detailed Voice Guidance is available now for the iOS and Android versions of the Google Maps app, but at launch is only offered in English in the United States and in Japanese in Japan. You'll also be warned if you're approaching a major intersection or crossroads.

This marks the first feature in Google Maps to be built from the ground up by, and for, people with vision impairments. But this same trip for a blind or visually impaired person could be a completely different journey, and even a unsafe one - this is why Google has introduced "Voice Guidance" in its Maps app. Legally blind Google Business Analyst Wakana Sugiyama says that building tools like this for everyone is core to Google's work. I obviously hope I'll never have to use the feature, but I'm sure glad it's there to help others who are about to benefit tremendously from it.

Maps can now proactively inform users if they are on the correct path, the distance until the next turn, and the direction in which they're walking.

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It even identifies large intersections, warning folks to cross with added caution. Although the new feature targets people with visual impairments, it can be very helpful for those who want a more screen-free experience on their next walking trip. If users accidentally divert from their route, they will get notified by Google Maps. "Detailed voice guidance", will appear at the bottom of the list to enable the option. The feature is arriving first in the USA in English and in Japan in Japanese, but the company plans to bring it to other countries with additional language support in the future.

With the announcement, Google shared a video of Sugiyama demonstrating the new features. Assuming you do get to use Google Maps or any other of its rivals, you'll also need to go into information to begin navigating, and then you'll undoubtedly require to have all the crucial information involved with navigation provided to you.

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