Google Maps for Android Now Gets Updated With Turn by Turn Navigation for Bicyclists

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  • 30 Aug 2012
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  • There’s a new version of Google Maps out there, version 6.11.1 that gives the users navigation features for bicyclists. It’s all about the turn by turn navigation provided for people on bicycles to pedal without problems through the city. Google Maps for Android has been offering turn by turn navigation for automotive vehicles since 2009, so it was time for an evolution.

    Walking navigation came in 2010 and then transit navigation in June this year. Today, the version 6.11.1 brings cyclists turn by turn nav with bicycle routes added as well. There’s a live updating map, that allows you to select a destination, then place the phone onto your handle bars and listen to the spoken directions and go straight to the destination. Google claims that the Maps database features over 330k miles of bicycle friendly roads, marked by green lines on the map display.

    The directions also include means to avoid steep hills, that can cause problems to bicyclists. Dark green lines stand for dedicated bike trails, medium green are for bike lanes and light green is for simple roads that are bike friendly. Android users in US, Canada and 10 other countries can rely on this navigation method and routing methods as well. You can download the new Google Maps from here.

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