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Google Maps Launched Two-wheeler mode in India

07 December 2017

The feature has first been introduced in India where two-wheeled transportation is very common, but the feature will expand into other countries in the future, according to Mashable.

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Motorbikes, such as scooters and motorcycles, are very popular in some countries, as well as in big cities around the world. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India.

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In the latest version of the Google Maps app, the 2-wheeler mode displays shortcuts that aren't accessible to cars and larger vehicles.

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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. "India is also one of the top 3 country for user contributions for maps", Martha Welsh, Director, Google Maps, said making the announcement. The new travel mode in Google Maps in India is seen alongside Drive, Train or Bus and Walk alternatives. We had recent Google CEO Sundar Pichai's remarks about India assuming an imperative part in enhancing Google Maps and other Google products. 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. He added, "Since so many Indians rely on local landmarks for navigation, two-wheeler mode will show major landmarks on the route so that riders can plan their trip before starting, and don't have to keep checking the phone on the go". In a similar situation, a auto owner would navigate to his destination using Google Maps. We built this feature with India in mind.

Google Maps Launched Two-wheeler mode in India