Google Maps Motorcycle Mode Launched in India for 2 Wheeler

Google Maps Motorcycle Mode Launched in India for 2 Wheeler

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). "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone".

So far, this feature seems limited to India only, but it may expand to other areas where motorcycles are a more prevalent mode of transportation. 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. The new mode will scout shortcuts that aren't accessible to cars and trucks, and provide customized traffic and arrival time estimates. Google announced the feature at its Google for India event.

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The latest version of the app-Google Maps on Android-v.9.6.7.1 to be accurate, is needed for trying the two-wheeler mode. 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. "India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world, and the millions of motorcycle and scooter riders have different navigation needs than drivers of automobiles", said Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Next Billion Users Team at Google.

This feature will be available alongside other transit options like Drive, Train, Walk, and Cab within the app. Google Maps has also realized this finally and on this notion, has designed the service to specifically facilitate the two-wheelers. It also gives information about the parking scenario at their destination, a handy feature that was previously seen in the vehicle mode.

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