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Google releases voice guidance in Maps for visually impaired people

Google releases voice guidance in Maps for visually impaired people

The feature is now only available in English in the USA and Japanese in Japan for Google Maps on Android and iOS.

If you want to take advantage of Google Maps Detailed Voice Guidance, you will likely have to wait for a server-side update. Google Maps chose a ideal day to launch the new feature i.e.The World Sight Day. In a blog post to mark World Sight Day, Google said the initiative was spearheaded by Wakana Sugiyama, a Tokyo-based business analyst for the company's online partnership group who is legally blind.

Those with visual impairments worked with the tech giant to build the new Google Maps app option, providing more thorough verbal guidance, such as the distance until their next turn and the direction they are walking.

"Going someplace new and unfamiliar can be an intimidating experience without sight to guide you", she continued. I obviously hope I'll never ever have to use the feature, however I make certain pleased it's there to assist others who are about to benefit enormously from it.

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In a blogpost, Sugiyama said that this feature makes the app more accessible to the 36m people who are blind worldwide, as well as the 217m people who have moderate-to-severe vision impairments. To improve user safety and comfort, Maps will also let a user know if they are nearing a large intersection and encourage them to cross with caution.

The detailed voice guidance for walking navigation will be available on Android and iOS. Assuming you do get to use Google Maps or any other of its rivals, you'll also need to go into information to begin navigating, and then you'll undoubtedly require to have all the crucial information involved with navigation provided to you. That is, I never considered it until I saw Google's brand-new feature that was simply added to Google Maps.

World Sight Day acknowledges people with blindness and vision impairment on the second Thursday of October every year.


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