Divvy stations added to Apple Maps, a bike-sharing data app

Eloise Marshall
March 13, 2018

This means users may now key in "bike sharing" in the search bar of the app, and they will be presented with data on the nearest station of a bike-sharing service.

The new feature helps Apple Maps keep up with Google Maps - the market-leader in consumer turn-by-turn navigation and mapping software. Altogether, Apple Maps offers bike-sharing data for over 175 cities across 36 countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. Typing "Bike sharing" into Apple Maps' search bar will find the stations of the local service, so you'll know where to pick up and drop off a bike.

Apple Maps' bike-sharing data has been expanded. Thanks to the partnership, Apple won't have to put together this data in-house and can simply integrate all the data through a single data model. Users will still want to continue using dedicated apps for various bike sharing devices, but this is a nice update for Apple Maps nonetheless. Different cities will have different bike sharing services with different names. But with the current Apple Maps update, you can do the same through it as well.

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However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment.

The addition of bicycle sharing helps Apple Maps move ever closer in the race to catch up to Google Maps. It is also seen as Apple's latest push in ensuring that its Maps app stays relevant against Google Maps. This makes Apple Maps a solid application for guidance around your local area.

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