A popular mean of transport in Kenya are ‘boda-bodas’ or motorbike taxis. More than a million Kenyans found them convenient to move from one place to another.
Motorbike Mode will enable users to get direction through voice navigation service.
Now, tech giant Google has announced to offer Motorbike Mode on Google Maps to ease navigation in Kenya. It is the first time in Africa when voice navigation service is offered for bike riders.
These motorcycles taxis are much cheaper than car taxis. But, congested streets in Kenyan towns and cities have made it harder for drivers of these taxis to reach the place to pick up those customers who booked them via phone. In a statement, Google said: “For over a million Kenyans, boda-bodas [motorbike taxis] are a convenient and affordable way to move and transport goods from one place to another”.
It further said: “With Google Maps’ new Motorbike Mode, users across Kenya will now be able to get directions and turn-by-turn navigation, to suggest routes that are more efficient”.
A boda-boda rider, Ben Chelule welcomed the offer and said:
“What prevents us from picking [up] some clients is lack of navigation. If the road doesn’t have a clear name and you are new to the area, you get lost”.
Google has already delivered the service in Asian countries as in India. Google’s Street View service will also facilitate the users to virtually explore the region.
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