Google unveils "Motorbike Mode" to help millions of bikers get around

05 December, 2017, 23:58 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Google Maps’ new two-wheeler mode shows faster routes for beating traffic on your bike

The most popular navigation support provider, Google Maps has introduced a new two-wheeler mode in their maps and it is an India-first feature. "It also provides customized traffic and arrival-time estimations", said Google in its blog. Google is rolling out a dedicated two-wheeler mode for Google Maps in the country famous for its traffic and tight roads.

Along with auto, public transport, and walking options, motorbike mode has shorter travel times which take into account the speed of bikes, and routes that take advantage of motorbikes' ability to fit down smaller alleys and passages. "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone". 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.

The Indian market has been a prime region of focus for Google and it gives an impression that the latest feature in Google Maps is an indicator of the same. Here's hoping Google will expand the feature to other markets soon. The feature will be available on Google Maps in India from Tuesday and will offer accurate travel times to reflect speeds, customised routing and voice guided navigation and enhance landmark navigation for two-wheeler drivers.

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It comes as a no brainer for a nation that has more two-wheelers when compared to cars, buses or trucks.

According to Google two-wheeler riders take the help of landmarks to navigate. The suggested routes are optimized for motorcycles and rely on reports from other riders.

The two-wheeler map will also show landmarks on the route.

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