To help the visually impaired people navigate more easily, Google has announced an Google Maps update, which includes a voice guidance feature that speaks in more detail and with walking directions.
Detailed voice guidance will tell visually impaired users when to turn and inform them as they approach pedestrian crossings on high-traffic streets. In this way, it will be much more easier and safer for them to cross the street. If the user accidentally move away from their route, Google Maps will give him/her a voice notification to indicate that he/she is going out of the route.
Google announced the new feature on World Sight Day and it is now available in English in the United States, and Japanese in Japan. This new voice guidance feature on Google Maps is working on both Android and iOS operating systems and will be available in other countries and languages over time.
There are 36 million blind people around the world like Wakana Sugiyama, and millions of people with various eye diseases. It looks like this new feature on Google Maps is going to help our friends a lot. ❤️