Now, explore city using Google Maps with ‘Two-wheeler mode’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2018 09:27:26


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Google Maps, the most user-reliable application to find out directions and routes for different destinations world-wide, has come up with ‘Two-wheeler mode’ for Indian users for the first time in various cities including Nagpur. In India, 70 per cent of the population uses two-wheelers regularly. Keeping this statistic in the mind, Google Maps has launched the ‘Two-wheeler mode’ feature after analysing the requirements of the Indian users.

Launched in India in December last, it has extended the reach to other Asian countries like Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia.  “The motorcycle-specific navigation will help motorcyclists to find the most suitable routes in India. Also, it will help reduce travel time to their destination by following the route map,” informed Anal Ghosh, Programme Manager, Google Map for India during a media presentation event held at Hotel Tuli Imperial on Thursday.

According to Ghosh, “Travel time for motorcyclists on Indian roads is different from those travelling in a car or a bus. Hence Google Maps shows the span as per the requirement of two-wheeler riders.” In just over eight months since its launch, the ‘Two-wheeler mode’ of Google Maps registered over two crore users a month in India.

Neha Waikar, Product Manager, Google Maps for India said, “Google Maps is working hard to increase the accuracy of the maps with the help of Government and Non-Government data providers.”Replying to a query related to data security, Waikar said, “Google Maps is concerned about the data safety of its users. We provide the real time data only to the user just for the period of travel.”
“With co-ordination of Government of India, Google Maps has already connected public toilets in 500 Indian cities under the Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India clean,” added Ghosh.

Benefits of ‘Two-wheeler mode’

The ‘Two-wheeler mode’ in Google Maps shows trip routes that use shortcuts not accessible to car, bus and truck drivers.

It also provides customised traffic and arrival time estimations.

Indians rely on local landmarks for navigation, ‘Two-wheeler mode’ smartly includes major landmarks eroute that riders plan their trip to before starting, and do not have to keep checking their phones on the go.

‘Real-time traffic’ feature

Being stuck in traffic can be bothersome. Not knowing how long one might be stuck is even worse. With the ‘Real time traffic’ feature, one can see current traffic conditions right from Google Maps and compare how long various routes will take. This feature includes all national highways and expressways in India and is available in 34 cities. Google also provides traffic alerts on its Maps. It can help one find the best route to one’s destination with fewest delays.

‘Maps Go’ for low-end Android phones

Google has recently launched its lightweight progressive web application version -- ‘Maps Go’ which requires Google Chrome and does not take any additional storage space on one’s phone. This is designed to run smoothly on Android devices with limited memory and processor. The homescreen of ‘Maps Go’ is customised for the needs of Indian users - shortcuts for different options, including different types of public transport. The voice navigation option is also now available on ‘Maps Go’ for better navigation experience.

Seven Google Maps features to help rediscover Nagpur

Find and share accurate places using Plus Codes.

Easily set one’s home and work locations, and commute seamlessly.

Navigate and explore in ten local languages like Hindi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Nepali.

Explore local places like hotels, restaurants, grocery stores etc. through collections and photos available on Google Maps.

Share your local expertise and earn discount vouchers.

Let others know one’s location in real-time.

Plan road trips with multi-stop directions, and search along route for unplanned requirements.