Apple partnered with Ito World to expand its bike-sharing data. Apple and Ito World have partnered to bring bike-sharing dock information to Apple Maps, TechCrunch reports. Now, in a number of cities, users can just type "bike sharing" or the name of a bike-sharing service into the Apple Maps search bar and it will show you all of the nearby docks as well as the bike-sharing service's website and phone number. Ito World's bike share data feed currently includes information for 179 cities in 36 countries. Apple began working bike-sharing info into Maps last April, but the company's partnership with Ito World greatly expands the amount of available bike-sharing data. There are a few limitations though. Apple Maps can show you where bike-sharing docks are located but not how many bikes are available or how many docks are currently empty and it can't give you information on dockless bike-sharing services. The new feature helps Apple Maps compete with Google Maps, which also lets users search for bike-sharing docks. Apple Maps' bike-sharing feature is available now.
Apple Maps has been getting a few more features to keep up with the likes of Google Maps. Now those features include more comprehensive bike-sharing information for various global cities. Through a partnership with Ito World, Apple Maps now supports bike-sharing data in more than 175 cities in 36 countries, including San Francisco, New York, and London, according to TechCrunch. Ito says its global bike-share data, curates and integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world, in real time. But TechCrunch says Apple Maps doesnt tell you how many bikes are at a given location, just that bikes should be available at an address or intersection. Still, its a step up over what information Apple Maps did offer in the past and is likely to be useful for casual bike-share users who are in the Apple universe and want quick information on bike services offered in different cities. The app supports services such as Citi Bike, Fords GoBike, and Biketown, among others. Despite Apple Maps various improvements, however, we think you should still get Google Maps on your iPhone to avoid the risk of getting lost.