Google has today added a new and much needed feature to its navigation app. Google Maps will now provide lane guidance to users in 20 major cities of India. The feature was first introduced in USA and some European countries last year and will now be available in India on Android and iOS devices only.
With lane guidance, Google will assist users by letting them know when they should change lanes. This means there are fewer chances of you missing a turn which can be tiresome as then you have to opt for a different route.
Without lane guidance, you can find it difficult to take last minute turns as it’s not easy or safe to change lanes all of a sudden. This facility however will be available only across 20 major cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.
Commenting on the launch, Suren Ruhela, Director Product and Program Management, Google said, “Our goal is to continue making Google Maps for mobile into a handy travel companion for your daily commutes and trips around India, and we hope the new lane guidance will help make road travels easier to navigate for English and Hindi speaker across the country.”
Users can opt for voice turn by turn guidance in Hindi, English or English (India) in order to benefit from voice lane guidance. You can go to phone settings and tab on language and Input option to choose a particular language.
Google has been working hard to make its Maps application more meaningful to Indian masses. Last year Google introduced Hindi language maps to make them more accessible to Hindi speaking citizens. Google lane guidance will vastly improve navigation in cities with congested road networks.