For those who never knew, streets in Kenyan cities and towns are often poorly signposted and frequently congested, making it hard for Kenyans’ motorcycle taxis known as boda-bodas to pick up customers when they hail them by phone.
Now, in a recent statement, Google has confirmed that it would offer motorbike mode on Google Maps in Kenya, offering the voice navigation service for bike riders in Africa for the first time. According to Google, it stated that the new motorbike mode will allow bikers in Kenya to get directions and turn-by-turn navigations to routes in a more efficient way.
Google also said it was launching its Street View service in Kenya for the first time, allowing users to virtually explore via its images 9,500 km (6,000 miles) of roads in cities such as Nairobi and holiday destinations such as Malindi on the coast. The company has also stated that it had set aside 100 million shillings ($992,000) to train Kenyan farmers in digital skills.
Google’s Kenya manager, Charles Murito, said the company had targeted farmers because it employed 40 percent of the population and accounted for a third of gross domestic product (GDP). In his words;
We want to see the power of technology elevate small scale farming. We hope that through this initiative, we will see a positive impact in food security, job creation and GDP growth in Kenya.