Google Maps Introduces Motorcycle Mode For Asian Markets

Google Maps Introduces Motorcycle Mode For Asian Markets

Asia is a major market for motorcycle transportation–particularly India and China. Google Maps now has a new mode just for motorcycle riders in these markets and other Asian markets such as Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, to name a few.

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In countries where four-wheeled transit was the main mode, Google Maps didn’t move at two-wheeler speeds. This could end up being an issue for riders of scooters and motorcycles who somehow–with an attachment of some sort–managed to use Google Maps while riding and dealing with everyone else’s driving.

Now travel time is considered once the app picks up that the device is moving particularly fast. It also includes shortcuts and roads that larger vehicles can’t navigate. As mentioned before, India is a major market for this feature and was the first market to get it. A helpful function of motorcycle mode is that it includes landmarks instead of simply relying on street names.

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Krish Vitaldevara, head of product for Google Maps, says this is because there are some roads and pathways with no names. It was also noted that drivers using this mode should check their path ahead of time before driving and using Google Maps.

This mode is available on Android in the following markets at the moment: Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Taiwan. It wasn’t announced for iOS yet.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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