Apple has today incorporated a new global bike share data feed into Apple Maps, showing the location of bikes and docking stations for bike share schemes around the world. So with the help of Ito World Apple has to integrate only one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services. 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.
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Once again, Apple chose to integrate an existing data set instead of putting together this data in-house. Through a partnership with Ito World, the data includes locations for bike-sharing points from several different providers in over 175 cities across 36 countries. Let's be honest, bike sharing isn't equivalent to the Mario Kart skin Google rolled out to Google Maps for MAR10 Day, but it's a good start.
Apple Maps now supports a wide range of services in many cities. However, it does not provide information on a startup that's operating a dock-less bike-sharing service.
This new app supports Citi Bike in NYC, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, Santander Cycles in London, bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and so many others. So patrons of such type of service still need to use other apps, like Mobike, Ofo or oBike. The app now also supports airport and mall maps etc. So, for users that often rely on these shared bikes for regular travel, Apple Maps won't be a big help there.