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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+.



  • I used to print out biking diriedtioin to a color file and am no longer able to do it- it would have a streetview photo illustraring every directiono and I fear this has been removed so as to create a demand for the idiot box like in the death tank. BIkes can’t get on the fly instructinos you have to know well in advance and that rquires aq simulated ‘fly’ thorugh that you download to you phone and review at every red light. I’ve ussed this regularly for many man y many years and find it extremly frustratingadn deliberately poorly coded.
    What they should be doing is lettig us say when we are going to be biking and then see anyone who is planing on biking in avatar form so we can form ‘school’s just like the birds do and survive the routing in real time instgeado fall falling randomly in isolatoin lemmings one after hte other across the turnpike. They say you can opt in to tracking in your car but the potential to do that for bikes is clearly not being utilised. We all want to put our phone numbers inand have people be able to leave voicemails for us who have done hte journey to call and give our impressions and tips andthey can listen in to htese conversations and feed them into the ocputer ot fiogure out what we are sayign abouthte routing form a mappnig perspecive.
    INStead they want ot sell androids despite them causing howeveor many fatalities if this ‘tool’ catches on. Have they never ridden a bike? the last thing you need is omeone telling you to tgurn! b ikes ar evisual unless your a blind stoker only needing ot peddle nad lean.

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