Oluwakemi Adelagun

Google, a technology company has given Nigerian drivers and commuters the option to hear travel advice in a local voice when they use Google Maps.

This the new features unveiled by the company on Wednesday at an event in Lagos is aimed at attracting more users in Africa.

The map will include information on the expected fare, travel time and picture of the bus stops to help guide commuters.

Before the new app, Google was struggling to pronounce local names such as Lagos‘ Alfred Rewane road – which came out as Alfred Re-wain. It also couldn’t cope with the suburb Oworonshoki, BBC is reporting.

According to allAfrica Google has also announced new products and features to make it more helpful to more people in Nigeria and across Africa.

The company has introduced new Street View imagery, Gallery Go, Google Go updates, Google Lens and Bolo, and a Nigerian culinary experience from Google Arts and Culture. This will help make it easier to visually explore places in Nigeria.

The local accent feature is the first such move by the company in Africa as it seeks to attract more users on the continent, says Reuters.

Google said these features would soon be introduced in Benin Republic, Ghana, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda in the next few months.

Aside Lagos, Google is expanding street view imagery to four places in Nigeria – Benin City, Enugu, Abuja and Ibadan.