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

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

Apple Maps has been updated to include data from Ito World, which means it now knows where stations are for 176 bike share systems in 179 cities around the world.

While this is certainly not new to Apple Maps, the update is seen as a big improvement over existing data. In the supporting cities, users can now just type "bike sharing" or the name of a bike-sharing service into the Apple Maps search bar and it will then show you all of the nearby dock locations as well as the bike-sharing service's phone number and website. The update comes as Apple has struck a deal with data company Ito World.

The list of supported bike services in each city isn't comprehensive, but Apple may add more in the future. So this feature won't replace more sophisticated apps for local users.

Apple and Ito World have partnered up to bring bike-sharing dock information to Apple Maps, TechCrunch reports.

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Apple Maps now supports a wide range of services in many cities. Some of the services now supported include Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Santander Cycles in London, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, and nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, among many others.

The iOS app can now provide the location of the nearest bike-sharing service in the user's city.

The addition of bicycle sharing helps Apple Maps move ever closer in the race to catch up to Google Maps.

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