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Published on March 19th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

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Apple Maps Tries To Revolutionize Bikesharing Information

March 19th, 2018 by  


Apple Maps has been around for some time, and thankfully is nothing like its awkward early days of spotty information and so-so accuracy. Today, Apple wants to make its Apple Maps part of the bikesharing landscape by facilitating the sharing of information.

How Apple Can Help Bikesharing Through Its Apple Maps Software

Apple Bike-SharingApple here, Apple there, but Apple has not always been first in line with EVs. Today, the company is claiming that its mapping software can potentially help the way we use bikesharing.

The Google/Apple race for the infotainment business has been lopsided from day one, with Android taking a fair share of the pie, Eventually, around 2012 we started to spot Apple representatives going up and down media days at international car shows talking to people about cars. Although we spoke at length unofficially, officially, it was just talking, nothing else. What was really happening was Apple noticed the lag in the transportation industry and decided to catch up to Android before it was too late, leaving the likes of Garmin and others even behind the adoption curve.

The catch-up game Apple has actively engaged with means its Apple Maps got a few welcome upgrades with more bikesharing information, not necessarily for cars.

Is Apple Branching Out Into Electric Bicycles?

Apple Bike-Sharing

The Apple rumor mill would have a field day with this one. Could Apple really be working on an electric bicycle? The latest partnership with Ito World could be an indication, according to The Verge. Apple Maps supports bikesharing information for no less than 175 cities in 36 countries. By gathering, curating, and integrating the bikeshare data it gathered around the world, Apple Maps has access to a lot of information and experience, thus raising the competition bar with Google.

Apple Maps is not a finished product, but an evolving one. In fact, it still doesn’t show how many bikes are in a location. And from its awkward early release of public embarrassment and finally open apology from the almighty Steve Jobs, Apple’s decision to focus on information for shared-bike services in various cities is an interesting turn.

So far, Apple Maps supports Citi Bike, Ford’s GoBike, and Biketown, as well as a few more.

Can Apple Decisively Break into The Shared-Bike Market?

The shared-bike growth potential is promising for Apple, which will continue to invest and develop its own map platform. In the end, Apple also faces other types of competition from your local GPS vehicle app too, of course, Google. Which one do you prefer in the end? We end up going back and forth with Google Maps and Waze.


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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society. Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy. His favorite tagline is: "There are more solutions than obstacles."



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