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Technology Google Maps now helps visually impaired people cross the street and stay on course

09:15  11 october  2019
09:15  11 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Google Maps can now help visually impaired people get to their walking destinations more easily — by continually reminding them that they’re on the right path, warning them when there’s a busy crosswalk ahead, telling them how far away their next turn is using voice navigation

a “smart cane” specially designed to help navigate visually impaired users, as “When we use our traditional canes in the streets and shake them left and right “But Google Maps provides information to sighted people . Now , in a more accessible way, visually impaired people can look at the city.

Google Maps can now help visually impaired people get to their walking destinations more easily — by continually reminding them that they’re on the right path, warning them when there’s a busy crosswalk ahead, telling them how far away their next turn is using voice navigation, and automatically pointing them back in the right direction if they have to stop.  

a close up of text on a white background © Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Here’s a cool video demonstrating the improved guidance in action:

Google’s blog post says the improved guidance is now available on iOS and Android, but only in English in the US and in Japanese in Japan, at the moment. If you want to use it, you can turn it on in Google Maps’ settings menu. The company says support for more languages and countries is “on the way.”

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