Google launches travel mode map in Nigerian voice for cars & motorcycles!

07/27/2019

Posted by: Jane Osuagwu

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Google has come to the rescue of Nigerian travelers with new the travel mode feature that gives travelers directions and navigation.

Better direction and navigation days are here for Nigerian motorists, all thanks to the world's largest search engine, Google.

Naijauto, the biggest car listing site, is thrilled to let you know that Google Nigeria has launched a dedicated travel mode feature in Google Maps for Nigeria and few African countries, which will give directions to cars and motorcycles and show them how to navigate in a Nigerian voice.

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The travel mode feature in Google Maps will provide directions and navigation for motorists

The Country Director, Google Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor made this known during a yearly event hosted by Google in Lagos. There, she introduced Google's new products and features designed to assist more users in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Besides the navigation feature which instructs car drivers and motorcyclists in a Nigerian voice, the Country Director mentioned other newly introduced features and products which include Gallery Go, Google Lens, Street View Imagery and Google Go updates.

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She said,

Every day, people in Nigeria, Africa and around the world turn to Google for help and we hope that the products and updates we are announcing today will make Google even more helpful for fueling people’s hustles and getting things done. We remain committed to bringing the transformational power of technology to everyone in Nigeria and Africa as a whole
 

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The Country Director, Google Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, announcing the new products and features in lagos

Mrs. Ehimuan-Chibuzo went further to say Google made a pledge in 2017 to educate 10 million Africans in digital skills and presently, four million people have been trained.

Speaking further, Google made an extra $4 million commitment to empower the youths, agriculture and gender equality, together with spearheading new programs to promote research for the youths in Africa and strengthen the social impact ecosystem.

The Director Product Management for Google Maps, Mr. Ramesh Nagarajan revealed that Google will be launching a new directions experience for Lagosians. It's an informal transit feature that will introduce "Danfo" routes on Google Maps.

Danfo, as we all know, is a popular commercial bus in the city of Lagos touched up with yellow and white.

He also said Google is putting out more panoramic photos on their Street View app so that users can visually explore cities, places in Nigeria.

With the photos of Lagos which was added two years ago, Google has expanded the Street View Imagery by including Abuja, Enugu, Benin, and Ibadan photos. Again, 12,000 km of roads have been added as well.

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While lending his own voice, the Director of Trust and Safety for Google, Mr.Paul Nicholas stated that Google also rolled out a Safety Curriculum online for primary and secondary school students to ensure their safety.

He said,

We are targeting 56million Nigerian students every year with this curiculum and this is done in collaboration with the Public and Private Development Centre, Federal Ministry of Education and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council

The Product Manager, Next Billion Users (NBU), Mr.Ben Greenwood, mentioned that Google introduced the Gallery Go app, an Android photo manager for offline accessibility to users with a weak internet connection.

Mr. Greenwood gave reasons for introducing the product, saying that, with the increase in Android phone owners in Nigeria who now take pictures, some don't have high-speed internet access or cloud backup that'll enable find a photo.

He stated that the product came with a lot of Google Photos best features on a device to assist users to locate their pictures and also edit them offline. According to Greenwood, it's a light app, just 10mb, to make it load faster and create more time for capturing memories.

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Google travel mode feature giving directions to motorists

He said,

Gallery Go is available today on Google Play for devices running Android 8.1 (Oreo) or higher and will come pre-installed as the gallery app on the Itel S15 and select A55 devices, which will be available in Nigeria soon

Today, Google announced updates to make Google Go even more useful. The Discovered feed has been integrated within Google Go to help people stay in the know with their interests.

It provides an ongoing look at the things they care about, like the latest content on their football team, people of interest, music and news stories. “From next week, users will also be able to access the Assistant directly from Google Go in a new Nigerian voice. Using only their voice, they will be able to ask Google to call their mum, play the latest Burna Boy video, or find the best Jollof in town

Mr. Nitin Kashyap spoke about Google Lens. He explained that the feature will enable users to read, translate words the see and also conduct searches based on the words, with the use of their camera.

He said,

Users can open Lens, point it at a sign, and listen to the words read out loud. If they don’t speak the language, they can translate it into their own. “Today, Google is also launching support for Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo

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Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com. She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in concise and friendly writing. 

Jane is also a blogger and loves reading, inspiring people and getting involved in personal development projects.

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