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Apple Maps now includes bike-sharing locations in 179 cities

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 shows you the nearest bike-sharing stations

Apple has signed a partnership with Ito World to add bike-sharing data in Apple Maps in over 175 cities across 36 countries. The feature is now live and helps you find the nearest station by typing bike sharing in the search bar or the name of the service. Once again, Apple chose to integrate an existing data set instead of putting together this data in-house. Ito World has worked with dozens of companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services. Apple isnt starting from zero as the company had already integrated some bike-sharing data in a handful of cities. But this is a big improvement over existing data. Apple Maps doesnt tell you the number of available bikes or empty docks. I hope the company is going to add this in an upcoming update. It just gives you the address, name and contact information for the service. So this feature wont replace more sophisticated apps for local users. But it can be quite useful if youre traveling to another city and you want to ride a bike. As the name of the service is different in each city, you often end up on Google looking for local bike-sharing services. With this update, you can type bike sharing in any city and find the name of the service and the location of the closest station. It doesnt tell you if a startup is operating a dock-less bike-sharing service in that city, so youll have to open the Mobike, Ofo or oBike app yourself. Apple Maps supports Citi Bike in NYC, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, Santander Cycles in London, bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the U.K., and dozens of others. I tried looking for stations in smaller cities and it also works in European cities with hundreds of thousands of people. Apple has been slowly adding more data to Apple Maps to stay relevant against Google Maps. The app now supports airport and mall maps, lane guidance, public transit, EV charging stations and more. Your mileage may vary, but Apple Maps could now be a good option for your local area. Update: Heres the full list of supported services. It represents 176 services in 179 cities in total. ANZ: AustraliaNew ZealandEurope: AustriaBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaCroatiaCyprusEstoniaFinlandFranceGermanyHungaryIrelandLatviaLebanonLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsNorwayPolandRussiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandTurkeyUkraineUnited KingdomNorth America: CanadaUSAMiddle East / Asia: IndiaKuwaitSaudi ArabiaUAE