Google Maps introduces,'Two-wheeler', mode as an India first feature


According to Google's official blog post, "Another India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps". The two-wheeler map will show short-cut routes for the motorcycle and scooter riders.

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 service now displays routes specifically tailored for two-wheelers when you look up destinations around you. It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations.

The motorcycle mode will supposedly make an appearance when you update to version 9.67.1 of Google Maps, but only if you're in India. Chances are that you followed Google Maps step-by-step but because the app could not differentiate between the roads that are not meant for motorcycles, you ended up spending more time on your journey.

Two-wheeler mode or "Motorcycle Mode" in Google Maps has has been incorporated to help bikers in the country find the route most suitable route that use "shortcuts" not accessible to cars and trucks.

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It is also to be noted that estimated time of arrival (ETA) shown in "two-wheeler mode" is slightly less than that for the auto and other modes.

Martha Welsh, Google Maps' strategic partner development manager, said, of the decision to start in India: "It's important that we get this right".

The feature would hopefully roll out in all other countries that face traffic jam issues and have a high database of people using motorbikes for transportation.

Google notes that it informs you of road closures and parking status as well. Now, the search giant is expecting 2x user growth in the country alone on the Google Maps.