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This New GPS Map Is Tailor-Made for City Walking – Seeker

There’s no denying that using GPS to get from point A to point B is incredibly convenient, yet we’ve all found ourselves cursing Google or Apple Maps for leading us astray, the automated voice insisting this is the fastest route, despite a Dead End sign up ahead. Access Maps offers pedestrians detailed route information that takes into account the user’s level of mobility. Access Maps, which was spearheaded by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at UW, provides detailed information like the grade of hills and the condition of the pavement.

Key Takeaways:

  • There’s no denying that using GPS to get from point A to point B is incredibly convenient
  • A new map application in Seattle is trying to change that. AccessMaps offers pedestrians detailed route information that takes into account the user’s level of mobility.
  • Identifying routes that optimize not for time or distance but for things like changes in elevation and curb cuts is a really big and important change

“AccessMaps offers pedestrians detailed route information that takes into account the user’s level of mobility.”

http://www.seeker.com/this-new-gps-map-is-tailor-made-for-city-walking-2236461664.html