Google Maps for Android adds turn-by-turn navigation for bicyclists
A new version 6.11.1 update for the Google Maps Navigation app fills the navigation void for pedal-powered users.
Google Maps for Android has offered turn-by-turn directions for. It wasn't long until was added in 2010. Finally, made the jump to turn-by-turn navigation back in June of this year. Today, with the version 6.11.1 update to the Google Maps app, cyclists can get in on the turn-by-turn fun with the addition of bicycle route navigation.
Cyclists will be able to view turn-by-turn directions on a live updating map after selecting a destination and affixing their phone onto the handle bars, or they can simply listen to the spoken directions from the phone's speaker or via a connected headset. Google claims that its Maps database now features over 330,000 miles of bicycle-friendly roads, which are marked by green lines on the map display, with more being added all the time. The bicycle-friendly directions will stick to these roads and can even avoid steep hills if necessary. Dark-green lines indicated dedicated bike trails, medium-green roads feature bike lanes, and light green is for roads that are simply marked as bike friendly.