13 February 2020
Getting around unfamiliar places can be a challenge and intimidating at the same time, especially when you have no one else to accompany you. That’s where Google Maps comes in to guide you and take you wherever you want to go. The navigation app has been helping us for a long time now in many ways. But instead of giving you only left and right instructions during your commute, Google Maps can now also give detailed voice guidance for walking directions. This means you will get to know about the roads ahead you’ll be walking and more.
This is a helpful feature for just everyone, but Google is pitching this feature especially for people with vision impairments, which makes sense as well. The feature could turn out to be more useful as they don’t have to take anyone to guide them when they are walking. Unfamiliar places are just unknown for everyone and they can confuse anyone when no one else is around.
But while we can see what’s happening on the road ahead, this could be problematic for people with vision impairments. So, this feature is indeed helpful for them and it brings more confidence and reassurance to others’ walking trips. Furthermore, it could prove itself more useful for users who want a screen-free experience.
The feature gives you a heads-up with added caution while crossing intersection, like, that’s a long route or which street is on your route.
Google rolled out this new feature on World Sight Day, October 10. With this feature enabled, users will receive new types of verbal announcements for walking trips. Head over to the settings in Google Maps on your Android or iOS device and select “Navigation settings” to enable the “detailed voice guidance” toggle, which is residing under the “Walking options” header. This detailed voice guidance is now rolling out in English for the United States and in Japanese for Japan.
In other Google Maps-related news, Google via its Android Instagram post has teased the arrival of the dark theme on its Maps app. The teaser shows Android 10 helps you switch between light and dark modes effortlessly. Google may be reflecting that the change for all apps and its services happen when the system-wide dark mode is enabled.
Alongside Google Maps, you will also see some system-level functions getting black as well, including notifications, Google image search, and more.