Google Maps will now tell wheelchair users and other users who have special needs, whether they want to go to the location of their need for ancillary facilities, which is a group of Google employees use their "20% of working hours" to complete the function. Google has a rule, employees can spend 20% of the work time in their main work has nothing to do with other projects. Now, Googlers need to get permission from their boss to get this time, and most people will not do so. Google's director of human resources Lazlo Bock said that over time, Google this provision has been in name only, but some people still insist, Rio Akasaka is one of them.
Rio Akasaka is a Google Drive product manager. But in his 20% of the time, he is a Google Maps accessibility product manager. Over the past year, he has worked with a contributor team to develop accessibility guidelines for Google Maps that show some information about venues and locations such as busy, open hours, reviews, and ambience. In addition, it will now show the location and venue for equipment that meets the needs of specific populations.
Google Maps accessibility is basically a local user near the location to answer all questions related to these locations while providing relevant information. Earlier this year, questions about accessibility were added to the questions raised by these users, and Google is now confident enough to begin showing results in its list.
This feature will not only help wheelchair users, but also help parents and strollers, or people who rely on canes, through this feature, users will get more information about the building facilities, and benefit.