India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world. We have far more bikes on the road than cars. With this in mind, Google Maps has introduced a new feature to help two-wheeler riders in India. Now when you choose to get directions for a destination, Maps also shows you a ‘two-wheeler’ mode along with car, public transportation and walking.
The ‘two-wheeler’ mode will help bikers find the fastest route for their destination. It will also help them avoid roads or highways that don’t allow two-wheelers. Moreover, this mode shows certain routes only meant for bikes which shall help bikers reach their destination faster.
If there are any road closures along the route, riders will be notified of this as well. Google recently introduced the parking availability feature for cars and the same has now been added for bikes. There are various locations where only two-wheelers can be parked so bikers can now plan their visit accordingly.
We tried out the feature and it works as intended. With different modes for cars and bikes, the estimated journey time is now more realistic for both the modes. All the other features available in Google Maps while accessing directions are in place for the bike mode as well.
India is the first market to get this feature and it is still unknown whether other countries have received it. The mode is now live for some users in India. We can expect it to eventually roll out for all Indian users and a few other countries where bikes are popular.
Google has been doing a lot of India-focussed developments lately. The company’s CEO Sundar Pichai had recently acknowledged that many of their products including Google Maps is improved especially because of the Indian market. The ‘two-wheeler’ mode is a prime example of that and it will definitely help a lot of bikers in India.