Google Maps Adds More Detailed Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users
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When you travel to a new location, Google Maps is likely to take you there. Turning on a street or crossing a street is something that most people take for granted? But this same trip for a blind or visually impaired person can be a completely different trip, even dangerous, which is why Google introduced the “Voice Guide” in its Maps application.
The navigation app is now offering people with visual disabilities an enhanced experience for walking trips, including more detailed voice guidance and new types of verbal announcements. The new capability is part of Google’s observance of the World Sight Day and it’s developed by people with visual impairments.
Google Maps Launches A New Feature To Help The Visually Impaired With Navigation
This feature helps visually impaired people reach their destination on foot. This works by continually reminding users that they are on the right path while warning them if there is a busy crosswalk and tells them how far they are using their detailed voice navigation on their next turn.
In a blog published yesterday by Google, on the occasion of World Vision Day, the technology giant explained everything there was to know about this feature. In addition to continuous updates, the tool sends a voice alert if the user has an incorrect route and automatically redirects the trip.
Google Maps is getting more detailed spoken walking directions
In an article written by Wanaka Sugiyama, an analyst of visually impaired users who worked closely with Maps to create and test this accessibility function, he said: “Frequent updates like these do not only help people with visual impairments. To go from A to B, we have more confidence and comfort when travelling alone.
“With a detailed voice guide on Google Maps, my trip is fading and I can concentrate more on what I am going to do at my final destination. This does not seem extraordinary for people with visual impairments, but for blind or disabled people visual, can help us explore new and unknown places. “
Google Maps adds more detailed voice guidance for visually impaired users
Sugiyama also points out how beneficial this function can be for everyone, as it offers a screenless experience when travelling to new locations. In this spirit, the accessibility tool could avoid accidents where pedestrians use their phone when they cross the street.
Detailed voice guidance for foot navigation began to be implemented yesterday on Android and IOS devices. To activate it, simply go to Google Maps settings and select Navigation. At the bottom of the list is the option to enable detailed voice guidance, under the heading walking options.
Google releases voice guidance in Maps for visually impaired people
Currently, the feature is available in English in the United States and in Japanese in Japan, with support for additional languages and “in progress” countries.
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