Google Maps users in India now get motorcyle mode

Google Maps Gets Two Wheeler Mode In India — A World’s First Feature

In the two-wheeler navigation mode major landmarks along the route are shared with riders so it becomes easier to be a bit familiar of of the journey before setting off.

Two-wheeler mode in Maps will show trip routes that use "shortcuts" which are not accessible to cars and trucks. "It also provides customized traffic and arrival-time estimations", said Google in its blog. The addition of a two wheeler mode adds more flexibility to Google maps.

"The India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps. When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone". Turn-by-turn directions and voice-prompts are here, as well as offline maps and landmark-based navigation. First of all, you have to choose the new two-wheeler mode if you are riding a bike and searching for a destination in Maps. Google Maps now show routes particularly personalized for the motorcycle or bicycle riders when they search for locations around them.

Google Maps Gets Two Wheeler Mode In India — A World’s First Feature
The feature was initially launched a few weeks back as a beta-update for testers but now anyone can get it from Play Store or App Store

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. We're seeing the new mode as well, on the most recent form of the Android app. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. Now, some users in India are sharing screencaps as they're seeing a motorcycle mode beside the auto, bus/train, walking, and ride sharing modes that you normally see when looking for a place on the app.

If you're in India and want to try out the new two-wheeler mode, hit the button below and update your app.


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