Google launches two-wheeler mode in Google Maps for India

Google Maps Motorcycle Mode Launched in India for 2 Wheeler

The feature was initially launched a few weeks back as a beta-update for testers, but now anyone can get it from PlayStore (Android) or AppStore (iOS).

The routes are generally faster (if not shorter), as they take into account shortcuts that are more easily accessible by two-wheeler, or offer directions that are quicker to navigate than when in you're in a larger vehicle. Google will eventually sort out all the issues, and in the meantime, try out the new "Two Wheeler Mode" for yourself. Google announced the new feature during an event in Delhi; which other countries are slated to get the additional routing option isn't clear, nor when the feature will expand to them. "It also provides customized traffic and arrival-time estimations", said Google in its blog. 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.

The mode is quite intuitive - according to the screenshots - and informs bikers about all possible road closures along the way.

Two-wheel navigation has been a much-requested feature for other mapping apps like Waze (also owned by Google) for years. Also, the estimated time of arrival (ETA) shown in in this mode is likely to be less than that for vehicle.

The Indian market has always been a major area of focus for Google, and the company has released some India-centric features in its Maps earlier as well. It also gives information about the parking scenario at their destination, a handy feature that was previously seen in the auto mode. Now, the search giant is expecting 2x user growth in the country alone on the Google Maps.

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