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Google Maps motorcycle mode finds shortcuts for India's bikers
07 December 2017, 02:43 | Denise Dawson
Google Maps gets 'Two-wheeler' mode in India, can suggests road closures and parking status
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. "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone".
Martha Welsh, Google Maps' strategic partner development manager, said, of the decision to start in India: "It's important that we get this right". 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. Google is using machine learning through which Google Maps plots routes that are suited for riders which includes alleys, streets and shortcuts that are usually not accessible to cars and other larger vehicles.
The feature was initially launched a few weeks back as a beta-update for testers, but now anyone can get it from PlayStore (Android) or AppStore (iOS). This, in turn, will help motorists to fight traffic and save time. "It also provides customised traffic and arrival time estimations".
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. For instance offline maps, landmark navigation, which we launched in India first are now popular with other map users across the world.
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.
As seen in the above screenshots, for four-wheelers, Google Maps recommends using Eastern Freeway while it displays a regular route for two-wheelers.
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