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Google Maps launches detailed voice guidance for users with impaired vision

Google Maps has launched detailed voice guidance for people with vision impairments.

The new feature means users can receive different types of verbal announcements during trips while they're walking.

For these journeys, the platform can let a person know they're on the right route, which direction they're walking in and how far until they need to make a turn.

Meanwhile, there will also be a warning to cross the road with additional caution when they approach large intersections, and users will be re-routed if they accidentally take a wrong turn.

The feature can simply be turned on through settings by choosing 'Navigation' and selecting 'Detailed voice guidance' - under 'Walking options' - at the bottom of the list.

Wakana Sugiyama - a business analyst in the company's Tokyo office - was a tester and adviser on the project, and she thinks the feature can give those in need "more confidence".

She wrote in a blog post: "Frequent updates like these not only help a visually impaired person get from A to B, they can also give us more confidence and reassurance when we travel alone.

The feature is initially be rolled out in the US (English) and Japan (Japanese), with additional languages and countries set to follow.

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