Report: Google Maps for Android Adding Tools for Cyclists | PCMag.com

Google’s latest Maps for Android update rolls out this week, with a few surprises for cyclists.

First spotted by Android Police, the changes include bicycle directions with elevation details, as well as elevation comparisons for multiple routes, allowing the user to decide whether the trip is worth an uphill battle.

The feature, which Android Police said is still in beta mode, highlights various timelines for your intended course, leaving you to choose the one with the least—or most—climbing.

Similar tweaks appeared on the Web-based Maps service in May: Type in an address, pick a destination, select the biking option, and, assuming the route isn’t entirely flat, Google displays an elevation chart below the total estimated time (pictured).

At the time, Google didn’t offer any details about the feature, which rolled out with little fanfare, but reportedly works in all 14 countries where bike routes are available, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.

But bicyclists aren’t the only intended target of this Maps mobile update. Google also added voice actions in navigation mode, meaning you can ask questions—"What’s my next turn?"—or issue commands—"Mute voice guidance"—without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

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