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Google Maps rolls out two-wheeler mode for motorcyclists in India
Riders on two wheels can now find the fastest route through the streets of India even easier. Google is rolling out a dedicated two-wheeler mode for Google Maps in the country famous for its traffic and tight roads. This new mode should help motorcyclists get around more efficiently as it shows shortcuts not available to cars and trucks. It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations.
Google is adding two-wheeler mode only a week after Waze added a similar mode. Waze, the social navigation app owned by Google, rolled out its motorcycle routes to a global audience. The suggested routes are optimized for motorcycles and rely on reports from other riders. The theory is that the more the mode is used, the smarter it will become.
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Google says that more countries around the world will see the mode, but hasn’t shared which ones yet. It says it’ll add more countries “in the coming months” so it looks like we won’t have to wait long to find out. It makes sense that two-wheeler mode rolled out in India first, but we can think of plenty of places around the globe that could benefit from it too.
If you’re in India and want to try out the new two-wheeler mode, hit the button below and update your app.