Gone are the days when a map will only be able to focus on certain regions in order for it to provide detailed information. Take for example a New York City Illustrated Map which can be made as to showcase the important spots in the city and it can also pinpoint areas where wheelchairs will be more accessible for people with disabilities. Who would have thought that this will also be possible to do in a wider scale, as in the whole world?
Thanks to Google, one of the biggest names in technology, people with disabilities will be able to rely on their map application to know where they can go around in the city without having a hard time looking for ramps and wheelchair facilities. Of course this will not be possible if not for the army of users all over the world that are using and updating the map.
Their army of users is now being utilized by Google in a positive way – to help those with mobility problems. They are often not given much thought in this era where everything flows and goes faster than ever coupled with technological innovations.
As of the moment, there are already indications in the Google Maps that show if the area is accessible to people with wheelchair since it has been started by one of their employees as a form of a personal project. Google is taking a step further by employing its 30 million local guides that are located from all over the world. These guides are sharing tips as well as photos regarding their local neighborhood while Google rewards them with points or simple prizes in exchange.
Google will be sending them five additional questions regarding establishments that concern their mobile accessibility. The company will also be hosting workshops as well as geowalks that will cater to mobility in seven major cities in the world including Tokyo, New York City, Surabaya, Indonesia and London.
For those who are interested to help their own community, they may also make informational maps such as New York City Illustrated Map to show mobile challenged individuals where they can move around and explore without hassle.