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Google Maps has just added 39 additional languages, extending its global reach. It is estimated to affect the 1
Google Maps is now more accessible to other regions of the world with 39 additional languages
Google Maps was only available in English when it was launched in 2004. Over the years, new languages have been added, based on the number of speakers such as Spanish and French.
According to the search engine operator daily more than 1 billion users use the app daily for route planning and searching for places. With 39 additional languages, Google Maps now has the potential to reach up to 1.25 billion more people. The full list is as follows:
"Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz , Laotian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese and Zulu, "it says in Google's blog post.  Most of the added languages were selected according to the percentage of the population she speaks. For example, Turkish is spoken by 9 percent of Europe, and Afrikaans is spoken by about 13.5 percent of the population of South Africa.
The Google Maps update is available on both iOS and Android as well as the desktop version in Windows and MacOS
Google Maps March update includes wheelchair friendly routes
In early March, Google Maps released an update that added wheelchair accessible routes in public transport. This option can be found in the Routes section as a new route type. To access it, click "Options" below the public transit icon when you get directions.
According to Google, the route type will show elevators, ramps, and other wheelchair-friendly paths that are not normally present in maps. People with disabilities can also use Street View images to preview a location that they can use to plan and see if they can safely use a wheelchair to navigate and navigate.
Google Street View images and transit information are supplemented by data coming directly from users. The company previously hosted Local Guides Meetings, which helped to add accessibility data in Google Maps, including stepless entrances and accessible toilets in more than 12 million locations.
The wheelchair-accessible routes are currently only available in New York, London. Tokyo and other major transit centers in the world. However, Google is seeking to work with other travel agencies in the world to add more wheelchair-friendly routes in the coming months.
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