Google Maps introduces,'Two-wheeler', mode as an India first feature

Google Maps introduces,'Two-wheeler', mode as an India first feature

Google Maps version 9.67.1, updated on November 30, 2017 for Android features the two-wheeler mode so in case you haven't got it, wait for the app update.

Motorbikes, such as scooters and motorcycles, are very popular in some countries, as well as in big cities around the world. "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone".

Two-wheel navigation has been a much-requested feature for other mapping apps like Waze (also owned by Google) for years.




The new feature will give the user customised route mapping and voice navigation specifically suited for bike riders.

Google Maps director Martha Welsh made an official announcement at the event that the feature is being introduced in India as India has the largest number of registered two-wheeler vehicles. 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. There are back roads that two-wheelers can take but cars can't.

As seen in the above screenshots, for four-wheelers, Google Maps recommends using Eastern Freeway while it displays a regular route for two-wheelers. Thus a biker can take shortcuts and reach the destination faster using maps. The new feature will be visible along with the auto, train, and walking options. "It also provides customized traffic and arrival-time estimations", said Google in its blog. Since Indian roads are dominated by the two-wheelers and there are certain routes which can only accommodate them instead of cars, a feature like this is of great help to the two-wheeler commuters of the county.

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