Google Maps Now Gives You Detailed Voice Directions for Walking

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 6 Comments

Google is improving its voice directions for Google Maps in order to improve the experience for people with visual impairments. The idea is that by providing more details about the walking directions, the navigation experience will be less problematic for those who have visual impairments.

With the new feature turned on, Google Maps will tell you exactly when the next turn is, or tell you that you are in the right direction on longer routes. It will even ask you to cross with added caution for larger intersections and notify you when you are not on the right route. It seems incredibly useful:

Detailed voice guidance on Google Maps is a limited feature now, but it’s rolling out on both Android and iOS. The feature is available in English for those living in the United States, and Japanese in Japan. Google says the feature will support more languages and countries in the future. It can be enabled from within Google Maps settings, under the Navigation section’s Walking Options.

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