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

Google will rescue bike-riders caught in traffic jams

The feature was initially launched a few weeks back as a beta-update for testers, but now anyone can get it from PlayStore (Android) or AppStore (iOS). Two screenshots below show the different routes that Google Maps has displayed for two-wheeler and four-wheeler.

According to Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users at Google said, "Our India-first suite of products and features are aimed to help more people discover how the internet can make life easier and more convenient - whether it's helping pay bills on time, navigating through the quickest routes or searching for answers to questions wherever we are".

Google Maps has been a pretty useful tool for navigation providing auto and walking routes as well as the ability to directly book a cab. 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.

Further, the mode also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations. The feature has rest of the Google Maps feature like traffic situations, lanes, voice navigation etc.




In the latest version of the Google Maps app, the 2-wheeler mode displays shortcuts that aren't accessible to cars and larger vehicles.

Google notes that it informs you of road closures and parking status as well. Google claims it's an "India-first" feature, so chances are it will spread to other regions too. Now, the search giant is expecting 2x user growth in the country alone on the Google Maps.

Other countries will also benefit from this feature, so all bikers making worldwide trips, have a reason to cheer.

The two-wheeler map will also show landmarks on the route.

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