Apple and Ito World partnership gives the former access to bike-sharing data from over 179 cities and of 176 services.
Ito claims its system "curates and integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world" in real time into the navigation app.
Apple has announced that Maps will now allow users in Montreal and Hamilton to search for bike sharing stations.
To try the feature out for yourself, type "bike sharing" in the search field for the option to find out what's nearby. This feature is now live and encompasses data from over 179 cities with a total of 176 services.
Apple Maps' bike-sharing data has been expanded.
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While this is certainly not new to Apple Maps, the update is seen as a big improvement over existing data. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services.
However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment.
The list of supported bike services in each city isn't comprehensive, but Apple may add more in the future. As the name of the service is different in each city, you often end up on Google looking for local bike-sharing services. Hence you will have to take to Google to find such services in your locality.
As TechCrunch notes Apple Maps doesn't show bike availability or empty spots for now, but hopefully that will come soon.
There is no denying the fact the Google has got its game figured out. The app now also supports airport and mall maps etc. This makes Apple Maps a solid application for guidance around your local area.