But now it can be even more vital for the millions of people in wheelchairs in the US. Now Google Maps will display wheelchair accessibility information for locations, right alongside details like store hours or dining options, under the “amenities” section.
This small change has the benefit of aiding not only those in wheelchairs, but the elderly and those with strollers as well. But what’s interesting is that this feature came about not as a full-fledged Google effort, but from the company’s aging “20% policy,” which allowed a handful of employees to spend a portion of their working hours on side projects.
It’s this 20% policy that was used to create some of Google’s biggest services, including Gmail, Google News, and AdSense.
While the feature is now live, it’s far from covering all locations, as Google relies on collecting the data from “local guides,” or those users who share information on locations in exchange for Drive space and beta features.