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Google Maps rolls out two-wheeler mode for motorcyclists in India

Google Maps is rolling out a new two-wheeler mode to make navigating the streets of India easier for riders driving motorcycles and scooters.

Published onDecember 5, 2017

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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. 

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Two-wheeler mode offers many of the same features as car and truck navigation through Google Maps. Turn-by-turn directions and voice-prompts are here, as well as offline maps and landmark-based navigation. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India. The features have proven to be so popular that they have since rolled out to other markets around the world.

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. 

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