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The theory is that the more the mode is used, the smarter it will become. If we look at the past five years, the company has announced initiatives to empower entrepreneurs and small to medium businesses, launched apps tailor made for people with low-end smartphones or slow data connectivity, providing internet to villages via the "Internet Saathi" program, free Wi-Fi at railway stations, etc. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. India is the fourth largest motorcycle riding nation in the world (after Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan), so it makes sense that they're one of the first pilots for this. Offline maps and landmark-based navigation were initially developed for India.

The Indian market has been a prime region of focus for Google and it gives an impression that the latest feature in Google Maps is an indicator of the same.

In India, some highways don't allow motorcycles on them either, so the new navigation routes will avoid those roads. However, India is the largest two-wheeler country in the world having close to 18 million two-wheelers sold in the period of 2016-17, representing 70 percent of all registered motor vehicles. The most popular navigation support provider, Google Maps has introduced a new two-wheeler mode in their maps and it is an India-first feature. That is a good thing for regular auto drivers, too, as it could potentially help alleviate congestion on roads, cutting down on transit times for everyone. In a similar situation, a vehicle owner would navigate to his destination using Google Maps.

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According to Google two-wheeler riders take the help of landmarks to navigate. Google Maps now show routes particularly personalized for the motorcycle or bicycle riders when they search for locations around them.

Just like the other modes, it will show you road closures, heavy traffic areas, and routes that a two-wheeler can go through but where cars cannot squeeze through of course. It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations. The new feature will be visible along with the auto, train, and walking options.

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