Google Maps have been providing its voice directions service to its users in US and Canada since a long time. Starting today, the service is being launched for every Android user. Users can now set directions and hear Google help them with every turn. Google brings the update of voice instructions for 10 additional counties where it launched the desktop version first. The 10 countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Google Maps will allow the riders to get turn-by-turn voice instructions once they set the destination location on the maps. Google says “Riders can now mount their device on their handlebars, see upcoming turns and use speaker mode to hear voice-guided directions”.
In total, Google now secures about 330,000 kilometers of “green bike riding lines” in Google Maps. These include devoted biking paths (shown as natural green lines), roads with bike paths (light green lines) and other roads suggested for riding a bike (dashed green lines).
Google plans to enlarge its bike riding features to more places in the future and says that it has worked with categories like the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the bike riding group to bring bike data to thousands of places in the last two-and-a-half years, since it first released this function. In areas where Google Map Creators and riding guidelines are currently available, riders will also now be able to recommend biking paths and other good tracks that are not presented on Google Maps yet.