Wakana Sugiyama, a legally blind Google business analyst, wrote on the company's blog that the acoustic reminders "not only help the visually impaired get from A to B, but also give us more confidence and security when Traveling alone With the detailed voice guidance in Google Maps, my journey takes a back seat and I can focus more on what I'm going to do about my final destination. "
Google announced the function on World Sight Day. It can also be useful for people who just do not want to look at their phone too much when trying to get somewhere. For the most part, however, it seems to be another useful tool for blind and partially sighted people. For example, Microsoft has a Seeing AI app that lets users learn more about their environment.
The spoken instructions feature is being introduced today on iOS and Android, first in English in the US and Japanese in Japan. Google Maps will add support for other countries and languages. You can enable detailed voice guidance using the go options in the app's navigation settings.