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Google Maps update in Europe adds navigation for cyclists in six countries

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Google Maps update in Europe adds navigation for cyclists in six countries
Navigation for cyclists on Google Maps

Navigation for cyclists on Google Maps

Great news for European cyclists in six countries. Google Maps has been updated and now includes navigation for those who like to pedal their way around the continent in Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein. In those countries, Google Maps has added the function although it had already been made available across a wide swath of Europe.

According to Kai Hansen, Product Manager at Google, the routes provided by the service will take those on two wheels away from those on four wheels and will try to keep cyclists on approved routes. Google even got together with some of the cycling organizations in Europe to add to the data it mined itself.

Bike directions have been available on Google Maps in the U.S. and Canada from as far back as 2010. But putting together a service up to Google standards takes time, which explains why it has taken so long to add this functionality to the six countries. Last July, navigation for cyclists was added to Google Maps for Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

source: TheNextWeb via electronista

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posted on 27 May 2013, 16:37

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


way to go google. One great thing you did for me)

posted on 27 May 2013, 16:44

2. chocolaking (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Good job GooglE! now the cyclist knows where they can find a safer route to pedal.
I hate cyclist who think they own the same right as a automotive vehicle.

posted on 27 May 2013, 18:16

3. Topcat488 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Yeah, I know how ya feel... Beep, beep, #%&?# get out the #%&=*'# way... Good job Google.

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