Google Nigeria has introduced dedicated travel mode in Google Maps to provide directions and navigation for motorcycles and cars with a Nigerian English accent. The Google Nigeria Country Director, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor disclosed this in Lagos while announcing newly introduced products and features by Google in Nigeria and across Africa.
Commuters making their way through the Nigerian Cities and interstates routes can now hear travel advice in a local voice and accent on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa that were unveiled by the company on Wednesday. This feature will pronounce local names properly and help local drivers find places with ease.
Google partnered with local a local tech company Road Preppers Technologies Ltd to gather data on the different routes available, and will be able to tell users the best options available based on traffic, weather and road conditions.
“What we’re really hoping is for people who might be making a trip to an unfamiliar town, maybe a journey they don’t usually take, to be able to discover the info they need to make that journey,” said Jeff Albertson, a Google senior product manager who worked on the development.
The map will include information on the expected fare, travel time and even photos of the bus stops to help guide commuters. Outside Lagos, Google is expanding street view imagery to Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan.
The other product newly introduced by google is called “Bolo”, a Nigerian culinary experience from Google Arts and Culture.