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Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

In India, some highways don't allow motorcycles on them either, so the new navigation routes will avoid those roads. The theory is that the more the mode is used, the smarter it will become. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India.

Today at the third edition of "Google for India" event, the company announced a bunch of new India-first products and features for the growing base of Indian internet users. However, India is the largest two-wheeler country in the world having close to 18 million two-wheelers sold in the period of 2016-17, representing 70 percent of all registered motor vehicles.

The feature has first been introduced in India where two-wheeled transportation is very common, but the feature will expand into other countries in the future, according to Mashable. This, in turn, will help motorists to fight traffic and save time.

The provided routes are quicker if not shorter, as they incorporate the use of shortcuts which could be easily accessed by the bike and cycle riders, or the service provides directions that are faster to navigate on a two-wheeler instead of a big automobile. Google will also be launching the two-wheeler mode in maps in other parts of the world after its roll out in India which is the largest two-wheeler market in the world. It will also show major landmarks on the route since most of the two-wheeler riders rely on those. Mashable notes that Google Maps' motorbike routing feature will also offer users transit time estimates that are better suited to their vehicle type, helping them better estimate how long it will take them to get to their destination.

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