By ADEBAYO OBAJEMU 

Google has introduced Nigerian accent on Google map

Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps and Google Assistant under new features unveiled in Lagos.

The local accent is the first move by the U.S. technology giant to offer such a service in Africa and were aimed at attracting more users in Africa.

The features were unveiled in Lagos on Wednesday. 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.

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 behemoth owned by Alphabet Inc said it is aiming to capture new users and expand its appeal beyond just drivers.

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