So what is Google Motorcycle? innovation? A motorcycle-specific map on Google Maps. It will simplify maps for motorbike drivers by highlighting landmarks. Google plans to expand the feature to more markets over the next three years, including India, where the number of motorbike owners is rising. To begin with, the motorcycle-specific map will be available in English and Hindi. It will also include the ability to get live parking information.
A friend of mine is on a motorcycle and leaves from point C. The bike uses Google maps and has location services. The rider is going about 50kmph. He then overtakes another rider and arrives at his destination at 80kmph. With this technology, you can calculate the motorcycle’s route based on the difference in speed. With the low hardware requirements, it may even be able to sell directly to consumers.
In the past year, Yamaha and Google have partnered with several companies to develop prototypes of an autonomous motorcycle. Yamaha’s Innovation Center has developed a computer called MOTOROiD that will enable the vehicle to drive itself, and is currently leading the testing phase. The motorcycle will eventually be self-driving, but it will take a few years before it becomes mainstream. With Yamaha leading the charge, we can expect more innovations in this area.