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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: As a part of the Digital India initiative, Google  announced its collaboration with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services to 500 railway stations. The news came after the Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters.

416529-sundar-pichai-narendra-modiDuring a tour of the Google campus, Modi was given a presentation of Google Earth in which the Ghats of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown.

Modi participated in Hackathon, under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise Apps which could be used by the common man in India.

Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai of Indian origin had announced the search engine giant’s initiative to provide Internet services to 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.

Pointing out the fact that the length of the Indian Railways is twice the distance between Earth and Moon, Pichai noted that 25 million people ride the Indian railways daily, which has 7500 stations. He also announced that Google will launch an Android app next month enabling users to type in 11 languages.

Noticing that technology has given new power to democracy, Modi urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.

“Today, everybody spends maximum time on the Internet… even when a child asks his mother to give him milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.

Pichai acknowledged India’s hunger for technology, which was reflected in India’s response to the launch of Google Chrome browser. India was the first country to adopt it in a major way.

Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to Modi.

Modi was also given a glimpse of Project Iris- a smart lens that measures glucose levels.

As his trademark, before leaving Google, Modi had a group photo with its top officials

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

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Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)