Apple has signed a partnership with Ito World to add bike-sharing data in Apple Maps in over 175 cities across 36 countries. The feature is now live and helps you find the nearest station by typing “bike sharing” in the search bar or the name of the service.
Once again, Apple chose to integrate an existing data set instead of putting together this data in-house. Ito World has worked with dozens of companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data. This way, Apple only has to integrate one data model to support hundreds of bike-sharing services.
Apple isn’t starting from zero as the company had already integrated some bike-sharing data in a handful of cities. But this is a big improvement over existing data.
Apple Maps doesn’t tell you the number of available bikes or…