If you are a Google Maps user in India who commutes by a two wheeler, you'll be happy to know that the application has gained a new feature aimed at making your drives more convenient. Yes, you guessed it right - there's now a new 'motorcycle mode' alongside other existing options.
The new feature appears to be rolling out initially in India, and I got a chance to check it out here. You can access it by searching for a destination, and then tapping the motorcycle icon in the row of transport mode options.
In addition to showing you quicker ways of reaching your destination, the motorcycle mode also shows you with other relevant information on Google Maps. This includes parking availability, as well as diverted roads. The parking availability feature is a recent addition to Google Maps.
Waze is also now much more friendly for bikers with a new motorcycle mode, the third unique vehicle type supported by the app. The feature selects routes that are tailored for two-wheelers, and the company says the system will learn and improve the more you use it. This could be a big win for bikers, since Google Maps has only shown off a similar feature in beta earlier this month(Opens in a new tab).
The mode also provides with customized traffic and arrival time estimations and will also show major landmarks on the route map since most of the two-wheelers rely on that. Rest of the Google Maps feature like traffic situations, lanes, voice navigation are present. Two-wheeler mode is already available on Google Maps for everyone in the country.
Tech giant, Google, in its latest update has rolled out a new feature that will help two-wheelers while commuting through the city. In the latest update on google maps, the Silicon Valley tech company has rolled out a new feature that is dedicated for people commuting on two-wheelers. While it is not known if other countries will also get this feature, India is most definitely the first one to get it. The new feature will enable two-wheeler owners to easily navigate through heavy traffic in their cities as Google Map will now provide them with the shortest route to the destination. You can get this feature with the latest google maps update (v9.67.1).
"The India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps. India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world, and the millions of motorcycle and scooter riders have different navigation needs than drivers of automobiles," Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Next Billion Users Team at Google, had said during the launch. 2b1af7f3a8