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Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by James Ayre


Google Maps Creates Voice-Guided Navigation for Cyclists

September 3rd, 2012 by  

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?

Source: TreeHugger
Image Credits: Google

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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