Google Maps is getting more detailed spoken walking directions

Google Maps Gets Detailed Voice Guidance Meant to Help the Visually Challenged Navigate

It's now rolling out for English users in the USA and for Japanese in Japan.

Not only can detailed voice guidance help those with visual impairments, but it can also be a useful tool for anyone who frequently uses Google Maps to get around.

Google has announced the launch of an additional feature in its Google Maps app that gives a more detailed voice guidance, complete with periodic announcements, alerts and warnings, for the visually impaired. Wakana Sugiyama, a legally blind business analyst living in Tokyo, describes her day-to-day struggle of travelling to new places with nothing but meager directions to guide her: "In some cases, I'll have a friend to join me on a trip, but in others I may decide not to take the journey at all". "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".

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But it doesn't mean that this feature can not be used or helpful for people who are totally normal. It will even ask you to cross with added caution for larger intersections and notify you when you are not on the right route. If users accidentally leave their routes, Maps will give a spoken notification that it's re-routing them. Detailed voice guidance functions just like the announcements that we're used to hearing at crosswalks or on a bus, so it's great to know that it's just one tap away.

Sugiyama added that users without visual impairments can also benefit from the option of having a more screen-free experience during a walking trip. 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. Google has plans to make the feature available in more languages for more countries in the future. That's it you'll now receive more details and and helpful guidance instructions.

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