Google makes work easier for boda-boda riders


Nairobi, Kenya: Finding your way using a boda-boda will now be easier.

Search Engine company, Google, has added a motorbike service choice on Google maps to provide boda-boda operators with directions to allow for more time efficient routes.

The new motorcycle mode offers routes, traffic information and voice navigation services for riders.

“For over a million Kenyans, boda-bodas are a convenient and affordable way to move and transport goods,” Google said in a statement.

The new motorbike service, which has so far been successful in India since its launch in December 2017, will be a solution to riders to provide short routes especially in major towns with heavy traffic.

The navigation company has also introduced street view which allows users to see locations and destinations on their phones as they actually appear when they get there.

Speaking at the ‘Google for Kenya’ event at Westlands in Nairobi, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala supported the introduction of Street View terming it as a major boost for tourism.

Balala also urged tourism companies to provide free Wi-Fi services to tourists.

“We are excited that Google Street View is coming to the national parks but it is very unfortunate that some tourism companies still believe offering free Wi-Fi in vans and hotels is a breach of privacy,” he said during the event.

The Google Street View service is currently available to users in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and Malindi.