Google Maps launches 2-wheeler mode in India

Nichole Vega
December 7, 2017

In India, some highways don't allow motorcycles on them either, so the new navigation routes will avoid those roads. The 2-wheeler mode for Google Maps will be available in other countries in the coming months. These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India. Google claims it's an "India-first" feature, so chances are it will spread to other regions too. 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. A few clients in India are revealing seeing another Motorcycle mode or Two-Wheeler mode in the most recent form of Google Maps (v9.67.1) for Android. That is a good thing for regular vehicle drivers, too, as it could potentially help alleviate congestion on roads, cutting down on transit times for everyone. Thus a biker can take shortcuts and reach the destination faster using maps.

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.

As seen in the above screenshots, for four-wheelers, Google Maps recommends using Eastern Freeway while it displays a regular route for two-wheelers.

This new feature is pegged to give more accurate travel time, improved landmark navigation which will be different than that under the, 'Drive, ' mode for four wheelers. "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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