Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Google launches two-wheeler mode in Google Maps for India

Google Maps Gets Motorcycle Mode in India Google Maps introduces India-first two-wheeler mode
Sandra Phillips | 06 December, 2017, 00:00

"India is also one of the top 3 country for user contributions for maps", Martha Welsh, Director, Google Maps, said making the announcement. It makes sense that two-wheeler mode rolled out in India first, but we can think of plenty of places around the globe that could benefit from it too. Two-wheeler mode in Maps gives routes that use shortcuts not accessible to cars.

The new feature appears to be rolling out initially in India, and I got a chance to check it out here. The new feature will most definitely help the two-wheeler community in the country as Google Maps will now help to navigate you through heavy traffic. If you are on bicycle or motorcycle, this mode will show you the navigation routes specifically tailored for two-wheelers. It also gives information about the parking scenario at their destination, a handy feature that was previously seen in the vehicle mode. However, it was often hard for the two-wheelers to find ways, this new feature will help them in commuting confidentially and reliably, the company said.

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To help bikers find the most suitable route in India, Google on Tuesday incorporated navigation routes for two-wheelers with Voice Assistant capabilities in its Maps feature.

The mode shows all the options that offer an easier route, parking information and also possible road closures, in any, on the way to their destination. "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone". India is also the largest two-wheeler market in the world.

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