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

07 December, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Google Maps Motorcycle Mode Launched in India for 2 Wheeler

At the Google For India 2017 event today, Google has announced a new Two-wheeler mode in its Maps for India.

Motorbikes, such as scooters and motorcycles, are very popular in some countries, as well as in big cities around the world.

"We don't adapt maps for India".

Two-wheeler mode in Maps will show trip routes that use "shortcuts" which are not accessible to cars and trucks. Google claims it's an "India-first" feature, so chances are it will spread to other regions too.

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In India, some highways don't allow motorcycles on them either, so the new navigation routes will avoid those roads. The two-wheeler mode will arrive in more countries in the coming months.

This is not the first time that Google has rolled out India first features before rolling it out for the rest of the world. That is a good thing for regular auto drivers, too, as it could potentially help alleviate congestion on roads, cutting down on transit times for everyone.

Motorcycles have the ability to drive through places where a auto typically wouldn't be able to fit, so Google Maps' new mode for motorcycle riders understandably cuts off a fair amount of time versus a vehicle route. Also, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has recently commented about India playing an important role in improving Google Maps and other Google products. The new feature will be visible along with the vehicle, train, and walking options. It also gives information about the parking scenario at their destination, a handy feature that was previously seen in the auto mode. "India is also one of the top 3 country for user contributions for maps", Martha Welsh, Director, Google Maps, said making the announcement.

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