Apple Maps will make getting around easier with new bike-sharing feature

Apple Maps will make getting around easier with new bike-sharing feature

Users of the sobi Hamilton bike sharing service can search for stations using the same method.

Apple has signed a partnership with Ito World to add bike-sharing data in Apple Maps in over 175 cities across 36 countries.

Ito claims its system "curates and integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world" in real time into the navigation app. For instance, the two shared bikes I see most in my San Francisco neighborhood are Ford Go Bikes and Jump bikes, but Apple Maps lists only Ford Go Bike locations. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services.

"Those in Montreal using the BIXI bike sharing service can type "bike sharing" or BIXI" in the search bar to locate the nearest BIXI station. However, it does not provide information on a startup that's operating a dock-less bike-sharing service. Apple Maps is limited to only showing users the address, name and contact information for the different doesn't have the ability to present data on the number of available bikes or empty docks at present, as pointed out by MacRumors.

The maps app lists Citi Bike in NYC, Divvy in Chicago, Biketown in Portland, BIXI in Montreal, and Velib in Paris. It is also seen as Apple's latest push in ensuring that its Maps app stays relevant against Google Maps.

Ito World has experience working with dozens of companies as they tried to license and normalize bike-sharing data. This makes Apple Maps a solid application for guidance around your local area.