Google Maps Adds Motorcycle Option

Anyone who’s spent a significant amount of time on two wheels will tell you that the best route for a car isn’t always the best route for a bike. This is especially apparent when plotting a road trip on Google Maps, but the big Goog has made that particular anxiety a thing of the past with a new “motorcycle” route option.

The new feature, originally launched in India, now also available in countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Google Maps’ new motorcycle option takes into consideration the fact that bikes tend to have shorter operating ranges, which increases the number of necessary stops. It also removes roads that are not “motorcycle friendly”, uses landmarks in addition to often hard-to-read road signs, and adjust the app’s estimated travel times accordingly.

There’s now word, yet, on when- or even if!- the motorcycle route option will make its way to the US. It probably will, though, as Maps’ rival, Waze, has already announced that their similar option will be getting a rollout sooner, rather than later. Which raises the question: which one will you use? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Google Maps for Motorcycles

Sources | Images: Ride Apart, Unboxholics.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.