Google Maps stores information about the accessibility of more than 40 million locations worldwide, including public transportation, landmarks, and restaurants.
Based on this vast amount of information, this new feature can help people with reduced mobility plan their trips by checking if the location they are visiting has an accessible entrance. This can be useful for parents with strollers or travellers carrying suitcases.
But we emphasize, THIS APPLIES ONLY TO THE ENTRANCE!
Google has made this new feature visible to everyone by default starting in May 2023 in the form of users seeing a wheelchair icon for places where there is an accessible entrance.
The same icon is crossed out where there is no accessible entrance or markup because no information has been received.
In this information Google relies on community contributions from local guide volunteers, businesses, and everyday users to make the feature work. Currently, information other than accessibility of entrances can only be filtered from individual reviews.
How can you get more useful accessibility information from specific locations?
The People First Association was the only one in Hungary to create a database that could be an even more useful tool than the new function of Google Maps for visitors to Pécs and its surroundings, as well as for locals.
In our Barrier-free Pécs database you can find truly accessible Pécs locations explored by the expert members of our association, with thorough descriptions and photos. The on-site inspection of our disabled and able-bodied members covers restaurants, cafes, hotels, tourist attractions, shops, cultural and sports objects, churches, public institutions, public toilets and tourist paths.
We show you not only the entrance, but also the use of the interiors, the approach, the usability of the website and much more. Explore our database in English here: https://peoplefirst.hu/en/helyszinek/