Google Maps Introduced 'Two-wheeler Mode' Showing Faster Routes to the Bike Riders

07 December, 2017, 02:46 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Google has introduced a new "two-wheelers mode" on Google Maps to offer navigation routes that are optimized for two-wheeler drivers. It also has the most widely used mobile operating system, a solid video streaming platform, excellent maps and navigation, cloud services and the list just goes on. "It is now available in India starting today, with plans to roll out the feature in other countries in the coming months". India is the fourth largest motorcycle riding nation in the world (after Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan), so it makes sense that they're one of the first pilots for this. We had recent Google CEO Sundar Pichai's remarks about India assuming an imperative part in enhancing Google Maps and other Google products. However, India is the largest two-wheeler country in the world having close to 18 million two-wheelers sold in the period of 2016-17, representing 70 percent of all registered motor vehicles.

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According to Google's official blog post, "Another India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps". The new feature will be visible along with the vehicle, train, and walking options. "India is also one of the top 3 country for user contributions for maps", Martha Welsh, Director, Google Maps, said making the announcement. While planning the route, a rider can view major local landmarks on the way which will be useful during navigation.

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Two-wheeler mode or "Motorcycle Mode" in Google Maps has has been incorporated to help bikers in the country find the route most suitable route that use "shortcuts" not accessible to cars and trucks. Waze, the social navigation app owned by Google, rolled out its motorcycle routes to a global audience.

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