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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

Apple Maps gets upgraded bike-sharing information

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.