We have been hearing the English accent from Google Map but not everyone are able to comprehend what the Google Map is saying. However, Google has decided to add new features that will make the Map speak in our local Nigeria accent.
That’s awesome, you know.
At an event in Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Google introduced the feature.
The feature is also available on Google Assistant and it’s awesome that this is the first move by U.S technology giant to offer such a service to Africa.
Moreover, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa are available which will make commuters/passengers in Nigeria to easily understand the location they are heading toward.
Not only that, Google also introduced two more features on that day.
The second feature is that Google has also decided to introduce a motorcycle detailed direction feature since Oride is a motorbike hailing service. The company announced that the feature will be available in Uganda, Rwanda, Togo, Ghana, and Benin Republic in the beginning of the this month before moving it up to Nigeria and other related Africa countries.
The third feature is that Google announced to introduce an “Informal Transit‘ feature for Yellow buses in Lagos that would enable travellers to seek detailed direction, expected fare, travel time, and even photos of the bus stop.
Google has partnered with Road Prepper Technologies Ltd to enable this feature and gather more data before finally unveiling it in the coming months.
How do you see these features, do you think they are necessary and helpful?