Wakana Sugiyama (, business analyst of the Google online Partnership Group, wrote on his blog:
"with this feature, I can visit the streets of Tokyo more comfortably and confidently. During the trip, Google Maps will take the initiative to tell me the right route, the distance to the next turn and my direction. When I get close to a large intersection, I will cross the road carefully. If I accidentally deviate from the route, I will receive a voice notice asking me to change my route. "
Sugiyama was also a member of the team that built this functionality, an early consultant and tester. The new Google Maps improvements not only target visually impaired people, but also help everyone who walks down the street without having to check them regularly.cellphoneScreen.
Users will be able to activate this feature by going to the Google Maps settings and clicking Navigation. Then turn on Detailed Voice Navigation under the Walking Options section.
Starting Thursday, Android and iOS users in the United States and Japan will be able to use the feature and currently support only English and Japanese. Google plans to provide more language support and expanded regional availability in the future.