Google Map Update – Google Map Combines Bike-Share Location With Navigation: Google Maps is a web mapping platform and consumer application offered by Google.
It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, air and public transportation.
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Google Maps have rendered directions vehicles for several years now, and the map can also detect the closest bike-sharing locations. Google is merging those two options together and showing docked bike-share data in the directions.
Nonetheless, you can be routed to the nearest bike-sharing location if you don’t own your own bike and include the closest drop-off point or your final destination.
Since Google Maps already has live bike availability for a series of share partners, you won’t be easily directed to a spot with no bikes available.
Some cities also go further to add links from Google Maps straight to the bike-share service of choice. With so many Google update over the years, this one seems to be unveiling in a couple of weeks from now, so dont be surprised if it’s not an option immdiately.
Google revealed it is only available for only 10 cities to begin: Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, and New York City are the US options. it will also work in Mexico City, Montreal, Rio De Janeiro, London, Tapei, New Tapei City, and Sao Paulo.
Basically, it combines walking directions to and from the bike pick-up and drop-off with the best biking route. It is affordable and convenient plus you can own a bike for yourself.