Google Maps Rolls Out Real-time Bikeshare Information in 24 Cities Globally

17 July, 2019, 21:41 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Google Maps will now show you bike sharing stations and number of available bikes in real time

This makes it easier for people to not only find DublinBikes stations around the city, but also to know at a tap of the screen how many bikes are available and how many spaces are vacant at each station.

The feature will be available both on Android and iOS, and you won't have to do anything to get it. The feature, which uses anonymized crowd-sourced data from Google Maps users, started rolling out last June in almost 200 cities around the world.

To use the feature, search Google Maps for a bike-share system and it will display the location of nearby stations.

This feature is now available in 24 cities around the world including Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London and so on.

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The technology giant wrote in a blog post that bike-sharing is "convenient, affordable, fun and hassle-free". Now joining the central government's campaign, "Loo review", Google has added 45,000 community and public toilets to Google Maps app. The newly announced feature has been tested in New York City in the past year.

"This is all made possible by incorporating a new global bike share data feed directly into Google Maps, thanks to a partnership with [transport data company] Ito World". The feature, whic has been available in NY for the past year, also tells you if there's an empty space at a station near your destination. Similarly to the bike-sharing information, there's also real-time information on the availability of EV charging stations.

Main image: Dublin Bikes station at Grand Canal Square in the Docklands.

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