Google Maps launches bike navigation feature in Taiwan

Taipei (CNA) Google Maps launched its bicycle navigation feature in Taiwan Thursday, making Taiwan the first country in Asia to have access to the service.

According to Google, the new feature provides optimized routes for cyclists that take into account bike lanes and gradients, and is available for both computers and smartphones.

Cyclists can also view a specialized version of Google Maps that highlights bike trails, streets with dedicated cycle lanes and bicycle friendly roads across Taiwan, the company said.

In the past, cyclists could only reference directions meant for cars, motorcycles and pedestrians, which could lead to them taking routes unsuitable for biking, said Cynthia Wei (???), program manager of Asia Pacific Street View at Google.

The new feature will hopefully be able to solve this issue through providing information on convenient cycling routes, Wei said, adding that it could encourage more Taiwanese Google Maps users to cycle to work or for recreation.

Google Maps currently offers its bike navigation feature in 27 regions globally, Wei said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel