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Google Maps gets Two-Wheeler mode in India: here is how it works

07 December 2017, 02:41 | Gina Pena

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The theory is that the more the mode is used, the smarter it will become. "When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone".

India being a two-wheeler dominated market, Google has added the most important update to its Maps application.

This is not the first time that Google has rolled out India first features before rolling it out for the rest of the world.

The Indian market has been a prime region of focus for Google and it gives an impression that the latest feature in Google Maps is an indicator of the same. However, India is the largest two-wheeler country in the world having close to 18 million two-wheelers sold in the period of 2016-17, representing 70 percent of all registered motor vehicles.

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Two-wheeler mode offers numerous same features as auto and truck navigation through Google Maps. There are back roads that two-wheelers can take but cars can't. This, in turn, will help motorists to fight traffic and save time.

The two-wheeler map will also show landmarks on the route. "India is also one of the top 3 country for user contributions for maps", Martha Welsh, Director, Google Maps, said making the announcement. 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.

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.

She explained that the two-wheeler feature will see Google Maps recommending alternative routes that it won't for cars, such as some alleyways that are permissible to bikes.



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