In 2005 I bought my first motorcycle; a Honda Goldwing. Back then, there was really no apps. to use as a map, so many times I had to go “old school” and get a map at AAA. GPS did exist by then and I carried one in my saddlebag, and if I happened to get lost, I would turn it on to figure out where I was.
By the time I got my Honda VTX in 2009, Google Maps was common, but with the technology of cell phones, my cell phone battery drained quickly. So I ended up getting a battery tender extension with a cigarette lighter to charge my cell phone which I kept in my saddlebag.
In 2014, I got a Harley Davidson Street Glide with a built-in GPS. So in less than ten years, I went from struggling to fold a map on my motorcycle seat in the middle of nowhere to a map that speaks to me and directs me automatically to the nearest gas station when I run low on gas.
When I use the map feature on my Harley or the Google Maps app., I set it to “avoid highway or tolls” so that I can enjoy long rides on desolate roads. So far, I’ve had no issues with it and it has taken me cross-country on a motorcycle twice and twice in my truck. But Google, always looking to improve, just made things better.
Google Maps mobile app has a new feature for motorcyclists. It’s not here in the United States yet, but the feature has been appearing in parts of India on Android phones. On the screenshot above, you can see the new motorcycle icon.
Since India has a huge motorcycle and scooter riding population due to traffic, the app. seems to take users through roads that are narrower and not possible for larger cars to drive through, thus, giving users the opportunity to save time on their commute.
By some estimates, as much as seventy-percent of transportation in India is via a scooter or motorcycle. I continue reading reports of the booming motorcycle and scooter market for Honda in India and have read other reports where the most motorcycles including manufacturing is in India.
- One blog I wrote about focused on Autotalks, an Israeli company, whose technology allows for drivers to be notified of certain dangers such as a nearby motorcycle rider.
- Another product that would be cool are the HUD (Heads Up Display) motorcycle helmets. I had a vehicle where the dashboard was projected on to the windshield and besides it being Star Trek like and cool, it accomplished its purpose of me not having to look down.
- Recently, Honda Motorcycles unveiled it’s self-balancing electric motorcycle. A great lightweight motorcycle for new riders or maybe older riders that can’t hold up a heavier motorcycle or have knee problems. Even Apple Computers joined the fray with their motorcycle prototype that seems straight out of the future.
- The electric motorcycle industry is a booming market to the point the motor squad division in Canada uses them, as well as the United States Marine Corp.