“The vast majority of Americans – 95% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011.”
Pew Research Source
With the aforementioned in mind, there are tools and resources within our grasp to help become more proactive as travelers. It is important to consider ways to stay safe and/or let others know where you are while navigating as a visually impaired traveler.
As a student or client’s travel skills improve and they start to venture out more, using location sharing is a good option for knowing where travelers are in real time. The Share My Location feature is good for the following:
Share your location using the Google App on an iPhone/iPad. You can also share your location using the Google Maps app on Android as well as computer (see aforementioned link).
Share your location using Apple Maps: Location sharing with family with Apple Maps.
Multiple ways to share your location from Apple maps.
Explore various features of Apple Maps.
Use Apple maps with Voiceover.
Use Google Maps with Voiceover.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to share your exact location using Apple Maps
Here is a tutorial for sharing your location via text message (Apple Maps)
What are some more tips and tricks for using Google and Apple Maps?
Do you use the Shared Location feature? Tell us about it in the comment section below!