Google Maps Gets Detailed Voice Guidance to Help People with Visual Impairments [Video]

Google Maps Gets Detailed Voice Guidance to Help People with Visual Impairments [Video]

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Google has announced a new detailed voice guidance feature in Google Maps to help people with visual impairments.

The feature makes frequent announcements similar to what you might hear at crosswalks or on a bus.

With this feature, I can navigate the streets of Tokyo with more comfort and confidence. As I take my journey, Google Maps proactively lets me know that I’m on the correct route, the distance until my next turn and the direction I’m walking in. As I approach large intersections, I get a heads-up to cross with added caution. And if I accidentally leave my route, I’ll get a spoken notification that I'm being re-routed.

Frequent updates like these not only help a visually impaired person get from A to B, they can also give us more confidence and reassurance when we travel alone. With detailed voice guidance in Google Maps, my journey fades into the background and I can focus more on what I’ll do at my final destination. This may not sound extraordinary to those with sight, but for people who are blind or have low vision, this can help us explore new and unfamiliar places.

Detailed voice guidance for walking navigation starts rolling out today on Android and iOS. Right now, it’s available in English in the United States and Japanese in Japan, with support for additional languages and countries on the way. To turn the feature on, go to your Google Maps settings and select “Navigation.” At the bottom of the list you'll find the option to enable "Detailed voice guidance," beneath the “Walking options” heading.

You can download Google Maps from the App Store for free.


marcel.ursaciuc - October 16, 2019 at 2:35am
This feature are launched on first Apple Watch...hehe