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Google to Crowd-Source Accessibility Data for Maps

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Jul 6, 2017, 11:01 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google today added a tool to Google Maps that makes it easier for people to add details concerning accessibility. The Google Maps app for Android allows people to add this data via the "Your Contributions" section by tapping "uncover missing info." Sorting options under that heading include accessibility, where people can add details such as whether or not locations have wheelchair-accessible entrances, wheelchair-accessible elevators, wheelchair-accessible seating, and wheelchair-accessible parking. Once this data is entered into location details, Maps users on both desktop and mobile devices will be able to discover it in the description data about places. Google said contributors have already supplied accessibility information about some 7 million locations around the world. It hopes this new too will expand that data resource dramatically.

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