Google Maps: more voice prompts are coming to help people with vision problems

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Google Maps has been enriched with a great novelty, which is directed mainly at people with vision disorders. It turns out that the application from the giant from Moutain View has grown by an additional pool of voice guidance – these are intended to inform users more precisely about the details of the route they are traveling on.

This function will warn consumers even when approaching an intersection or turn. If a visually impaired person slopes off the route, the system will immediately inform that the route to the destination has been changed. The material presenting the update presents new in practice.

As we can see in the video, the feature has been tested by almost blind Google analyst Wakana Sugiyama. She stated that "Voice guidance not only helps the visually impaired get from point A to point B, but also gives them greater confidence and safety".

An additional reason for this type of update is that we celebrate World Sight Day today. However, one should not think that the novelty will only benefit people with disorders. Not once happened to me when I had route mapping turned on, but I kept my phone in my pocket. I was guided only by voice prompts and I really enjoy the fact that these are now even more accurate.

The feature is now available for the English and Japanese versions of Google Maps. Google promises that other languages ​​will be introduced soon.

Source: Engadget