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Google Maps launches motorcycle route feature in Egypt

Sama Osama , Tuesday 10 Dec 2019
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Google announced on Tuesday that it has added a motorcycle route option to Google Maps in Egypt during the Google for MENA event in Dubai.

The feature should guide motorcycle drivers through bike-only shortcuts as well as roads and routes that are not accessible to other vehicles, so that users could be able to navigate through traffic congestion.

It also provides users with estimates for travel duration and arrival time.

The motorcycle route feature in Google Maps was first launched in 2018 in several Asian countries after it was initially tested in India in late 2017.

Google Maps Product Manager Amanda Bishop stated that there are around 4 million motorcycles in Egypt whose owners can benefit from the feature.

Bishop told Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper that this feature can be beneficial for tuk-tuk drivers as well.

Google announced other features during the event like the "Stay Safe" mode in Google Maps, which alerts users when they go off the suggested route.

Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director of Google business operations in the Middle East and North Africa, said during the event that the company has contributed EGP 5.2 billion to the Egyptian economy.

The Google for MENA event was held at the Dubai Opera on Tuesday, and was attended by a number of developers, businessmen, entrepreneurs and government representatives from different countries.

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