Google Maps 'Two-Wheeler' Mode Launches In India, More Countries to Follow

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google debuted a new "two-wheeler" mode for Google Maps on Tuesday as part of its Google India media event in New Delhi. The biker-based feature joins the existing driving, walking, and public transit modes for Google Maps users in India looking for the fastest possible directions to their intended destination.

    Image via India Today

    The new mode for motorcycle and scooter users shows trip routes that use "shortcuts" not accessible to other vehicles, and provides customized traffic and arrival time estimates.

    The two-wheeler mode also shows major landmarks along the planned route to help riders who rely on them for navigation, as is often the case in India.

    Like offline maps when they first launched, the two-wheeler mode for Google Maps is only available in India to begin with, but Google says the feature will roll out to more countries in the coming months. It's unclear at present where "two-wheeler" mode will sit in relation to Google Maps' existing cycling directions, but rider safety, speed, and designated routes are sure to differ.

    Article Link: Google Maps 'Two-Wheeler' Mode Launches In India, More Countries to Follow
  2. MH01, Dec 6, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017

    MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    That's kinda cool - though bikes can go places cars cannot, they are suppose to follow exactly the same road rules .

    In boring western countries anyway .

    To be fair - when I was in India , the concept of lanes, traffic etc was governed by the horn .... its be best example I've ever seen of organised chaos ... and if you can drive in India , you can drive anywhere :)
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    In this sense, they can also release a GTA mode for 4-or-more-wheel vehicles which doesn't have to follow any traffic rules and regulations.
  4. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    See? Apple Maps is lagging.
    I get you buddy. 'm gonna drive her crazy. ;)
  5. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    What's it like riding a bike in traffic while trying to listen to voice directions?
  6. Sandstorm, Dec 6, 2017
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    Sandstorm macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Riga, Latvia
    Excellent, finally we motorcycle riders get some love. :) Waze was also recently updated with motorcycle "vehicle type" (only too bad it's buried under settings - I use Waze for both motorcycle and car and currently it is just too cumbersome to switch between modes).
    --- Post Merged, Dec 6, 2017 ---
    Not exactly true. When you're a rider you notice plenty of new (often totally legal) route options everywhere. :) Just one example - random small road with some car blocking pillars installed (but no road signs).
  7. Zadigre macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    fi you have a bluetooth headset, it's not different than listening in your car.
  8. macs4nw macrumors 601


    You'd need the ultimate noise-cancelling type.... and that by itself could be dangerous.
  9. Zadigre macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    just a good bluetooth headset specifically made for that type of usage will do the job.
    I have a friend using that type of headset... and it's working fine to talk, listen to music and also to listen to the GPS. There's no noice cancelling.
  10. pokerplayer73 macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2011
    Florida, USA
    Riding a bike is so dangerous in India. A rider will be distracted looking at directions. It only makes sense if the person riding pillion on a bike is looking at directions.
  11. aperantos macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2008

    Not necessarily in the U.K. where in many places bikes are allowed in bus lanes. This can be especially useful on one-way streets with contraflow bus lanes. A good example of this is Reading where Google Maps will try and force you around the one-way system needlessly as it does not know the difference.

    And important for navigation purposes is that filtering (lane splitting) is legal here, so when a road is so congested that a navigation service would want to reroute cars, it could still be the better option for bikes. Especially if the systern takes account of lane widths to know which this are more filtering friendly.
  12. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    And NYC ! People drive like ↔️↙️↖️ in the city lol
  13. mistasopz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    Apple maps was always light years beyond google maps and the gap continues to widen.
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    More than lightyears behind means they don't even have anything mapped?

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