Google Maps Introduced 'Two-wheeler Mode' Showing Faster Routes to the Bike Riders

Google Maps Gets Motorcycle Mode in India, Showing Navigation Routes for Two Wheelers

Google Maps appears to have added a new feature called Motorcycle mode aka Two-wheeler mode for the bikers. The two-wheeler map will show short-cut routes for the motorcycle and scooter riders.

According to Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users at Google said, "Our India-first suite of products and features are aimed to help more people discover how the internet can make life easier and more convenient - whether it's helping pay bills on time, navigating through the quickest routes or searching for answers to questions wherever we are".

Google has been fairly active in rolling out India-centric features for Maps.

"We don't adapt maps for India".

The feature, of course, differs from the bicycle routing option, which may involve access points not open to motorbikes.

Google maps will now have additional support for two-wheelers. The new update is very similar to the vehicle mode, and comes with voice-assist in navigation but at the same time shows an even more convenient mode as compared to that of a auto. This is also a reason why many prefer commuting on two-wheelers, because a bike can speed through a crowded road in a way that a vehicle couldn't.

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.

The estimated time of arrival (ETA) shown in "two-wheeler mode" might just be slightly less than that for auto.

The report also claims that there have been sightings of the mode only by Indian users, making it the first market for the feature. This is India-first feature and will also be available in many other countries soon. While planning the route, a rider can view major local landmarks on the way which will be useful during navigation.

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