If you are a Google Maps user in India who commutes by a two-wheeler, you’ll be happy to know that the application has gained a new feature aimed at making your drives more convenient. Yes, you guessed it right – there’s now a new ‘motorcycle mode’ alongside other existing options.
Earlier, there was four type of traveling preferences in the application, including the Car, Public Transport, Walk, and Cabs. And now with the new option, the motorcycle mode sits between the Car and Public Transport. The feature is currently introduced for India only, as there are a maximum number of Bike users in the world.
So, what’s so different about this new mode? Well, being aimed at motorcyclists, it offers riders routes that may otherwise be unavailable to drivers and also offers ETAs (estimated times of arrival), based on info collected from other riders, rather than car drivers, which, as you can imagine, makes a big difference.
As per Google’s official Blog “Two-wheeler mode in Maps shows trip routes that use “shortcuts” not accessible to cars and trucks. It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations. And since so many Indians rely on local landmarks for navigation, two-wheeler mode will show major landmarks on the route so that riders can plan their trip before starting, and don’t have to keep checking the phone on the go.”
Meanwhile, Google has also announced a new redesigned look for the application, as well as website making it much easier to find venues and locations around. The major highlight of the new makeover is that now Maps shows important information around us clearly in driving, navigation, transit and explore modes. The petrol pumps, train stations and so on will now appear more prominently during navigation.