In its quest to keep up with Google Maps, Apple has now introduced bike sharing on its own Maps application. According to a report by TechCrunch, the company has entered into a partnership with Ito World, that allows it to show bike-sharing information on Apple Maps. The data will be available in 175 cities across 36 countries. That includes New York, San Francisco, London and more.
While this is certainly an upgrade for Apple Maps users, the company still has a long way to go to meet Google Maps’ standards.
Ito World is a company that brings bike-sharing data in real time and also “integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world.” However, TechCrunch’s report states that Apple won’t be telling you how many bikes are available at a particular location. So, all you will really know is that bikes can be found, but you may still come up empty handed.
While this is certainly an upgrade for Apple Maps users, the company still has a long way to go to meet Google Maps’ standards. In terms of navigation and data available, Apple Maps is good for some countries, but it can’t meet Google’s omnipresence right now. For instance, Apple Maps is next to useless in India right now, as is true for many other countries.