May 28, 2013
Six European nations receive biking directions for Google Maps
Cycling is an eternal solution for good health and a pollution-free planet. Google have realized this significant means of transport and has introduced biking directions for six European countries, where a bicycle for a long trip is never a bad idea. The same has been launched through Google Maps, across Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. The finest bike trails show up on the maps, enabling cyclists to pick their route and go all the way. Also on display are official cycle lanes and roads, which are recommended for cyclists. This pretty much does away with the need for elaborate folding maps that are difficult to handle and often a light, heavy burden to carry along. In Germany, Google has partnered with General German Bicycle Club in Germany, with information retrieved from Google Map Maker. So Google Maps isn’t the only entity enabling this fabulous new feature.
What can be expected is app support to be integrated soon. Kai Hansen, Product Manager at Google, said that the service will offer a route less crowded route. “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,” he said. “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.”
[Via – The-Next-Web]