Google Maps launches support for two-wheel vehicles, starting with India

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Google Maps launches support for two-wheel vehicles, starting with India

Google Maps version 9.67.1, updated on November 30, 2017 for Android features the two-wheeler mode so in case you haven't got it, wait for the app update.

India overtook China to become the world's leading motorcycle and scooter market past year. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India.

This is an 'India First, ' launch by Google since the US-based multinational tech giant believes that India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world. 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.

When Waze said they were now going to include motorcycle routes in their navigation app, we knew it was only a matter of time before parent company Google did the same for Google Maps of course. There are back roads that two-wheelers can take but cars can't. Thus a biker can take shortcuts and reach the destination faster using maps. It also provides customized 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. The features have proven to be so popular that they have since rolled out to other markets around the world. The route map, too, has been completely redesigned for two wheeler mode, with more landmarks, as people tend to learn about the routes using landmarks before starting a journey. Google Maps has also realized this finally and on this notion, has designed the service to specifically facilitate the two-wheelers.

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