Monday 27 May 2013

Google Maps get biking friendly, adds directions for Cyclists in Europe

Google Maps get biking friendly, adds directions for Cyclists in Europe

Google is on a warp speed mode as far as updates are concerned, Just today it launched a service to give directions to Cyclists in Europe.  Though not all European countries are not covered as of yet, but bikers in  number of European countries covered by its Google Maps service, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein will get this service at no extra cost or update.

As per the The Next Web, the Google Maps will  give cyclists popular bike trails, official cycle lanes and recommended roads directly on the map in a Browser.  And since all the data is provided by cycling experts like General Bicycle Club in Germany and other cyclists in Europe, you will be provided with accurate road maps with up to date information.

If you already have Google Maps with you, the process of planning a route remains exactly the same like you do for driving, walking etc.  You simply have to open  Google Maps from the browser, put in the start and the end points and press/click 'Get Directions' Google will then display a recommended route, with a clear indicator of where the cyclist needs to go and a number of step-by-step directions in the sidebar.

Kai Hansen, Product Manager at Google, said the service should offer a route that avoids busy streets and leverages suitable bike paths wherever possible.
“Time estimates for the route will be based on a complex set of variables accounting for the type of road, terrain and turns over the course of my ride,  I also am able to turn by turn Navigation for my bike. I just plug earphones into my phone, switch over to Navigation and let Google Maps guide me through the city – just as from the car.”

The only problem is that the Google as not provided a App for it as of now but Google has said that a App was already on the cards.

Vijay Prabhu

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