Google Maps Launched Two-wheeler mode in India

Isaac Cain
December 7, 2017

Google maps will now have additional support for two-wheelers.

India being a two-wheeler dominated market, Google has added the most important update to its Maps application. These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only. 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.

Although, Google's Android Oreo Go OS and Files Go! storage app were the headliners at its India event, the company also had two more surprises in tow: a two-wheeler mode for Maps and a bi-lingual version of its Assistant for Indian feature phone JioPhone. That is a good thing for regular auto drivers, too, as it could potentially help alleviate congestion on roads, cutting down on transit times for everyone. Google is using machine learning through which Google Maps plots routes that are suited for riders which includes alleys, streets and shortcuts that are usually not accessible to cars and other larger vehicles. This, in turn, will help motorists to fight traffic and save time.

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This feature will be available alongside other transit options like Drive, Train, Walk, and Cab within the app. Google is rolling out a dedicated two-wheeler mode for Google Maps in the country famous for its traffic and tight roads. Two screenshots below show the different routes that Google Maps has displayed for two-wheeler and four-wheeler.

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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