Apple Maps Now Shows Bike Sharing Stations in Montreal, Toronto and Beyond


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.

Apple is adding more features to Apple Maps in order to get the attention of audience who are more tilted towards Google Maps. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. 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. So, for users that often rely on these shared bikes for regular travel, Apple Maps won't be a big help there.

However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment. The app previously contained limited information on bike-sharing services in a handful of cities. Users will still want to continue using dedicated apps for various bike sharing devices, but this is a nice update for Apple Maps nonetheless.

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Ito World has experience working with dozens of companies as they tried to license and normalize bike-sharing data.

Apple has pushed-out an update to its Google Maps rival. In fact, the app has now added functionalities which allows you to search for airports and malls, as well as lane guidance, public transits, EV charging stations, and much more. We can say now that Apple Maps could be a good option for your local area.