Google Maps has introduced three new features for Bangladeshi users. Some of the features were made available for the local users recently, however, the formal announcement came on Tuesday (Jul 16) in Dhaka.
In a press conference, Google's regional officials showcased the new three features. ICT State Minster Junaid Ahmed Palak was present as chief guest at the programe, local media reported.
Google also informed it has added more than 50,000KM of roads, more than 8 million buildings, and more than 600,000 points of interests on Google Maps across Bangladesh since January 2018.
Of the three features, most prominent is a dedicated and new navigation mode for motorcycle riders. This feature delivers more accurate estimated time of arrival to the destination based on machine learning models that reflect motorbike speeds. It also guides with the direction with the assistance of the Google Street View image for pre-trip planning.
Another update is turn-by-turn voice navigation in the local language. Now you can expect Google Maps to effortlessly tell you all the key roads and places in Bangla.
Lastly, 'Stay safer' and 'Set off-route alerts' option. After searching for your destination and getting directions, you can enable this option so that if your vehicle deviates more than 0.5km from the Google Maps suggested route, your phone will buzz and you can tap in to see the deviation.
You can also choose to share your trip live with friends and family from that screen so that they know you are off route, and can keep track of your journey.