Google to Introduce India Specific Features on Maps

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Google is reportedly planning to introduce India-specific features on Google Maps to address unique challenges and opportunities, according to the statement of senior company official

Google Maps is a web mapping service, which offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation. Recently the technology giant revealed that it is working on innovating features for India specifically. “Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. We have been building for India, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities, with the sole aim of making Google maps more comprehensive, accurate and reliable,” said Anal Ghosh, Program Manager, Google Maps for India.

Google Maps’ transit feature provides details on trains, bus and metro routes. It shows schedules for roughly 12,000 Indian railways trains, apart from updated public transport information for bus and metro routes. The two-wheeler mode in Google maps comes to India first as 70% of all the vehicles registered in the country are two wheelers, he added. “Two-wheeler mode in maps shows trip routes that use shortcuts not accessible to cars, buses and trucks. It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations,” he said.

Furthermore, the company added public toilets on google maps in partnership with the government, the company said in a statement “We are working closely with the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. We have been working with them to add public toilets (on google maps) across different cities in the country,” Ghosh said. “We have launched real time buses in two cities–Kolkata and Surat. We are working to see how we can extend it to other cities as well,” he added.

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