Apple has announced that Maps will now allow users in Montreal and Hamilton to search for bike sharing stations.
The app will show the location of bikes and docking stations, along with more 12, ooo points of interest, Ito World said in a press release. Ito World has worked with dozens of companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data.
However, Apple Maps' new feature will shine when any bikers travel a new town and want to explore on a human-powered pair of wheels. 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. These are the first two Canadian cities to get the feature in Apple Maps. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services.
Apple Maps' bike-sharing data has been expanded.
However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment. Hence you will have to take to Google to find such services in your locality. Apple Maps is limited to only showing users the address, name and contact information for the different services.it doesn't have the ability to present data on the number of available bikes or empty docks at present, as pointed out by MacRumors.
Apple has pushed-out an update to its Google Maps rival.
Apple Maps supports services such as Citi Bike, Ford's GoBike, and Biketown, amongst a slew of others. We can say now that Apple Maps could be a good option for your local area.