"The India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps". It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations.
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. Two-wheeler mode in Maps gives routes that use shortcuts not accessible to cars. Similarly, there are highways where two wheelers are not allowed.
"We don't adapt maps for India". For instance offline maps, landmark navigation, which we launched in India first are now popular with other map users across the world. 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.
Google said it spoke to hundreds of riders and followed thousands of actual motorbike routes to create "machine learning models" that can accurately predict speed and bike routes.
So far, the Two-wheeler mode or "Motorcycle Mode" feature is only live in India, as it has been reportedly working for some already.
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Google is adding two-wheeler mode only a week after Waze added a similar mode.
Google says that more countries around the world will see the mode, but hasn't shared which ones yet.
If you have been commuting on a two-wheeler in India, there are chances that you must have got lost in some of the narrow bylanes in the city and had to rely on directions by locals of that area.
If you're in India and want to try out the new two-wheeler mode, hit the button below and update your app.