Google just launched biking navigation and directions for the Android version of Google Maps in 10 countries.
The countries —Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom— also got desktop biking directions last month. Today’s rollout specifically includes voice-guided Google Maps Navigation (beta) for turn-by-turn directions across a half-gigameter of biking lanes.
Google Maps Software Engineer Larry Powelson elaborated:
Today, there are more than 330,000 miles (equal to more than 530,000 kilometers, or half a gigameter) of green biking lines in Google Maps. Dark green lines on the map show dedicated bike trails and paths with no motor vehicles, light green lines show streets with bike lanes and dashed green lines show other streets recommended for cycling. Biking navigation even helps you avoid steep hills.
Check out the official Google Lat Long Blog for more information.
- Google Maps Maker helps Detroit go green with detailed biking trail maps [Video] (9to5google.com)
- Sustrans and Google Maps launch cycling routes in UK [Video] (9to5google.com)
- Nielsen: Google dominates Mobile Maps…for now (9to5google.com)