Fi­nally, Two-wheeler Mode in Google Maps

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WILL THE LAT­EST UP­DATE FOR GOOGLE MAPS RE­DUCE THE TRAF­FIC con­ges­tion on our roads? Only time will tell, but if you ride a mo­tor­cy­cle, your life is go­ing to be a whole lot eas­ier.

Have you ever found your­self and your mo­tor­cy­cle in a new city, com­pletely dis­ori­ented and in need of di­rec­tions? In this tech­savvy age, most of us im­me­di­ately re­sort to tap­ping away at our smart­phones. Un­til re­cently, fol­low­ing the blue line to your des­ti­na­tion did yield some sur­prises for mo­tor­cy­clists. For ex­am­ple, fol­low­ing the Google Maps route to Mumbai from Pune and be­ing greeted by signs that in­form you that your mo­tor­cy­cle isn’t welcome on the Mumbai-Pune Ex­press­way.

With the lat­est up­date for An­droid, users can now map their routes with an ex­clu­sive op­tion for twowheel­ers. What’s dif­fer­ent from the di­rec­tions that driv­ers re­ceive? Well, for starters, the app eval­u­ates re­al­time traf­fic con­ges­tion dif­fer­ently for twoand four-wheel­ers, in ad­di­tion to dif­fer­ent es­ti­mated times of ar­rival (al­most al­ways shorter for mo­tor­cy­cles). When avail­able, the app will also re­di­rect mo­tor­cy­cles via smaller roads.

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