Google Maps Adds Voice Guidance For Visually Impaired Users

Posted: Oct 10 2019, 7:48pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Google Maps adds voice guidance for visually impaired users

Google is rolling out more features to promote inclusivity.

People with impaired vision can now use Google Maps to guide them as they cross the road or navigate to any destination.

Google Maps will now have detailed voice guidance and new types of verbal announcements for the visually impaired as they use the app when walking.

"This feature is the first in Google Maps to be built from the ground up by, and for, people with vision impairments. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with the Maps team on this project as an early advisor and tester—outside of my day job as a business analyst in the Tokyo office," Wakana Sugiyama, a business analyst at Google's Online Partnerships Group, said in a blog post.

The voice guidance for Google Maps is a tool that can help blind people to get to their destination when they travel alone.

The launch of the new feature coincided with the World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness held every second Thursday of October, to shed light on blindness and vision impairment.

Apart from being a great feature for the visually impaired, Sugiyama also noted that the voice guidance for Maps can also be of help to users who prefer to walk to places without having to look at their phone screens.

This way, they can get voice assistance straight on their earphones as they walk.

The feature is now available on Google Maps for Android and iOS devices. It's currently available in English in the U.S. and in Japanese in Japan.

Google said it will roll out more languages and expand the service to more countries soon.

The voice guidance tool can be accessed by heading to your Google Maps settings then clicking on "Navigation." You will find the option to enable "detailed voice guidance" at the bottom of the list.

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