Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by James Ayre2
Google Maps Creates Voice-Guided Navigation for Cyclists
September 3rd, 2012 by James Ayre
During the last couple of years, Google Maps has been expanding its services to the bicycling community. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, its improving services have been helping cyclists to travel safely and efficiently to their destination. And now, in a major upgrade, it’s going to start providing turn-by-turn directions and navigation to Android phones. You’ll be able to mount your phone to your handlebars and receive voice-guided directions to your destination.
This improvement is following shortly after the recent expansion of Google’s cycling route maps to 10 new countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
“We know there are lots of ways to get from here to there, which is why in 2010, we added biking directions to Google Maps in the U.S. and Canada, and continue to work to bring more biking features to more places,” writes Google’s Larry Powelson, in a blog post. “Today, there are more than 330,000 miles (equal to more than 530,000 kilometers, or half a gigameter) of green biking lines in Google Maps.”
What do you think? Will you try out Google’s audio bicycle directions next time you’re biking somewhere and you’re not sure of the way?
Image Credits: Google
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