Google To Introduce Nigerian Accent To Map Navigation

Search engine giant, Google, has announced the launch of new products and features on the light-weight app, Google Go, features like Lens, Discover and Google assistant have been added. The lens feature allows users to interact with Google using cameras.

The map will include information on the expected fare, travel time and even photos of the bus stops to help guide commuters. Outside Lagos, Google is expanding street view imagery to Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan.

Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa that were unveiled by the company on Wednesday. is a Google SERP API, that enables you to scrape search engine result pages in an easy and efficient way. In realtime and without interruption. Geocoding is that the process of converting addresses (like a street address) into geographic coordinates (like latitude and longitude), which you’ll use to put markers on a map, or position the map. Reverse geocoding is that the process of converting geographic coordinates into a human-readable address. You can also use the Geocode API to seek out the address for a given place ID. You access the Geocoding API through an HTTP interface. Following are samples of geocoding and reverse geocoding requests. To use the Geocoding API, you want to first enable the API and acquire the right authentication credentials. For more information, see start with Google Maps Platform.

There’s more you can do with the Geocoding API. See the Geocoding API developer guide for additional demos, examples, available parameters, status codes and error messages, and other details.

The Geocoding API developer guide describes the Geocoding API web service. It is intended for website and mobile developers who want to use geocoding data within maps provided by one of the Google Maps Platform APIs.


Rapidly expanding populations, increased mobile phone penetration and crowded cities that are often poorly signposted have led technology firms to identify African countries as potential growth areas.

The local accents feature, unveiled at an event in the commercial capital Lagos and also available on Google Assistant, is the first move by the U.S. technology giant to offer such a service in Africa.

They are now offering transport features from detailed maps to motorcycle ride-hailing services. Google’s motorcycle directions will also be available in Benin Republic, Ghana, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda from Wednesday, the company said.

The technology titan owned by Alphabet Inclusive said it is aiming to capture new users and expand its appeal beyond just drivers.

“There are 10 million (motorcycles) in Nigeria, it’s hugely popular, we’re going market by market based on popularity,” said Ramesh Nagarajan, Google’s director of product management.

In the coming months, the maps feature will also allow users in Lagos to seek directions on what it calls “informal transit” – such as yellow danfo minibuses that ply virtually every road in Lagos, but about which it is difficult for outsiders or even Lagosians travelling to a new neighbourhood to find information.

Google partnered with local start-up Road Preppers Technologies Ltd to gather data on the different routes available and aims to tell users the best options available based on traffic, weather and road conditions.

“What we’re hoping is for people who might be making a trip to an unfamiliar town, maybe a journey they don’t usually take, to be able to discover the info they need to make that journey,” said Jeff Albertson, a Google senior product manager who worked on the development

Google has worked hard to expand in West Africa, especially Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country with an estimated 190 million citizens.

Last year it unveiled WiFi hotspots across Lagos, and in 2017 it launched a program to train millions of Africans in tech skills to make them more employable.

Google, however, didn’t say what sort of investment it was putting into the recent Spatio-temporal technological developments.


SOURCE :sahara reporters (news)

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