Google reveals new Google Maps mobile biking app with turn-by-turn navigation

30 Aug 2012

Keen bikers in 12 countries are about to get a welcome surprise in the form of a new biking app for mobile devices from Google which includes turn-by-turn navigation and voice-guided directions.

Last month Google launched desktop biking directions last month in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Today it is adding turn-by-turn, voice-guided biking navigation to Google Maps Navigation (beta) in every country with biking directions.

Users need to only mount their mobile device on their handlebars and see the turn-by-turn directions and navigation or use speaker mode to hear voice-guided directions.

Google said that where Map Maker and biking directions are both available, riders can add bike trails, lanes and suggested routes to Google Maps.

“Thanks to the contributions of members of the biking community like Todd Scott and our partnership with non-profits like Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we’ve added bike data for hundreds of cities and trails to Google Maps in the past two-and-a-half years,” said Larry Powelson, software engineer at Google Maps in the official Google blog.

“When you’re pedaling from Point A to Point B, we hope biking navigation will make Google Maps for Android more useful to you.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years