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Google Maps rolls out Motorcycle mode for users in Thailand

 

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Google has added a new feature to Google Maps aimed specifically at motorcyclists.

 

The new ‘motorcycle mode’ was made available to Google Maps users in Thailand on Wednesday.

 

The new mode will tell users which routes to avoid or are restricted to motorcyclists, as well as providing more accurate travel times specific for motorcycles.

 

Until now, Google Maps only gave motorcyclists the same directions as car drivers.

 

But the new motorcycle mode is tailored to motorbikes and scooters.

 

“There are 20 million motorbike owners in Thailand and anyone who rides a motorbike knows that they move at different speeds to the rest of the traffic,” Google said in a blog post.

 

“But until today, Google Maps gave bikers in Thailand the same directions as car drivers.

 

“Our new motorbike mode in Google Maps is designed to offer directions tailored to the needs of motorbikes and scooters, including shortcuts and narrow roads that only motorbikes can travel on as well as more accurate travel times”.

 
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this would be useful if Google knows which bridges in Bangkok you can cross on a motorcycle.

 

running a quick test between auto vs. motorcycle, it does change the route I use to go into Bangkok to cross a different bridge for a motorcycle. it is not the bridge I normally use and know is OK so can't be sure.

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Chris Lawrence said:

Is this related to something free Google is giving which you eventually have to buy.

You even can't download the maps from Google to use offline in Thailand, i always thought they did that to punish thailand for using illegal software.

 

I would like to try this motocy map, hope it works offline.

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13 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Google has added a new feature to Google Maps aimed specifically at motorcyclists.

They've mapped the pavements? 

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10 hours ago, chrisinth said:

Perhaps that should be re-written to something like this:

 

“There are 20 million motorbike owners in Thailand and anyone who rides a motorbike should keep their <deleted>' eyes on the road and traffic and not on their smartphones, hands free or not."

 

Would give everyone a better chance IMO.....................:thumbsup:

 

That is your opinion, i had one crash on my motorbike that was when i first came here and i did not know the roads in my inexperience i was looking at where to go and traffic at the same time. Missing my turnoff and getting a bit nervous i tried to make it anyway and got hit from behind by a speeding truck (mc total.. me no scratch). Now later I used GPS on my motorbike and guess what i found it far easier to drive not having to worry about directions. 

 

I think we are all different, maybe I am just too nervous when I don't know where i need to go. I react the same way when I don't have GPS in my car. 

 

Actually I had a big bike too, i sold it because it was hard to navigate as you could not go everywhere and GPS would send you often the wrong way (where you were not allowed)

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10 hours ago, Chris Lawrence said:

Is this related to something free Google is giving which you eventually have to buy.

Don't know, but google will know where you're going....

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13 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

this would be useful if Google knows which bridges in Bangkok you can cross on a motorcycle.

 

running a quick test between auto vs. motorcycle, it does change the route I use to go into Bangkok to cross a different bridge for a motorcycle. it is not the bridge I normally use and know is OK so can't be sure.

 

 

 

In Bangkok Motorcycles are forbidden on Flyovers.

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Just now, henry15 said:

In Bangkok Motorcycles are forbidden on Flyovers.

Not all.. just some and it is sometimes totally random, there is a flyover you can take one way.. but the same flyover you can't take the other way around. Its totally crazy.

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The BEST thing Google can do is to tell the Motorcycle Morons to learn the Road Rules and Obey them....even many THAIS, who serm to think the RULES only apply to the Ferangs.

 

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