Apple Maps just added bike-sharing data for 175 cities

Apple Maps just added bike-sharing data for 175 cities

TechCrunch reports that the data in Apple Maps doesn't include how many bikes are available at each sharing station or how many parking spaces are open.

The app will show the location of bikes and docking stations, along with more 12, ooo points of interest, Ito World said in a press release.

Ito World has helped out with so many companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data.

Apple's web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries.

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Apple isn't starting from zero as the company had already integrated some bike-sharing data in a handful of cities. So, for users that often rely on these shared bikes for regular travel, Apple Maps won't be a big help there.

This feature is useful when you are travelling from one city to another and want some adventure on bike. Typing "Bike sharing" into Apple Maps' search bar will find the stations of the local service, so you'll know where to pick up and drop off a bike. Different cities will have different bike sharing services with different names. It supports Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, BIXI in Montreal, Santander Cycles in London, CityCycle in Brisbane, bicing in Barcelona, as well as nextbike in Germany, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and many others. It is also seen as Apple's latest push in ensuring that its Maps app stays relevant against Google Maps.

However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment. This makes Apple Maps a solid application for guidance around your local area.

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