Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Research | By Clarence Powell

Google launches two-wheeler mode in Google Maps for India

Google launches two-wheeler mode in Google Maps for India

According to Google's official blog post, "Another India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps". It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations to these vehicles. Trips within town around 11AM were shorter by several minutes, while those that led you out of the city took significantly less time (Maps estimated that a 256KM trip would be roughly 40 minutes shorter on a bike than in a car). We ran a check to do a real world test of this mode on Google Maps and find the best possible route from our office in Lower Parel to three different locations in Mumbai.

In India, some highways don't allow motorcycles on them either, so the new navigation routes will avoid those roads. The feature will be available on Google Maps in India from Tuesday and will offer accurate travel times to reflect speeds, customised routing and voice guided navigation and enhance landmark navigation for two-wheeler drivers. India is also the largest two-wheeler market in the world. It also has the most widely used mobile operating system, a solid video streaming platform, excellent maps and navigation, cloud services and the list just goes on.

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And it makes sense: India is the world's biggest two-wheeler market, where motorbikes still outsell cars by seven to one. "It is now available in India starting today, with plans to roll out the feature in other countries in the coming months".

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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