Google on Monday announced the launch of Motorbike Mode on Google Maps in Kenya. The navigation is the first of its kind in Africa.
It will be offering voice navigation service for bike riders on the continent for the first time. Most African countries have many motor bike users, with many offering taxi services.
Google provide navigation services for bike riders in countries like India.
In Kenya such motor bike taxis are called boda bodas and are much cheaper rides compared to car taxis.
The company said in a statement that “For over a million Kenyans, boda bodas are a convenient and affordable way to move and transport goods from one place to another”.
“With Google Maps’ new Motorbike Mode, users across Kenya will now be able to get directions and turn-by-turn navigation, to suggest routes that are more efficient,” Google said.
Google has also announced that it is setting aside 100 million shillings ($992,000) to train Kenyan farmers in digital skills.
Manager of Google in Kenya, Charles Murito says the company targets farmers because farming employs 40 percent of the population.