Today Google announces that it has fully integrated real-time information from DublinBikes stations into Google Maps, making it easier for the public 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, all without leaving the Google Maps app. At present the function covers DublinBikes only.
The function is now available on the Google Maps app on Android and iOS.
Bikesharing is booming as this two-wheeled technology transforms how people get from A to B in cities around the planet. With an estimated 1,600 bikeshare systems and more than 18 million shared bikes in urban centers worldwide, bikesharing has gone mainstream. And for good reason–it’s a convenient, affordable, fun and hassle-free way to get around.
For the past year, travellers and commuters in New York City have been using Google Maps to both locate bikesharing stations and see exactly how many bikes are available at a station in real-time. Today, Google is rolling out this feature to a total of 24 cities in 16 countries.
From New Taipei City to Toronto, you can now use Google Maps to locate bikeshare stations and pinpoint how many bikes are available near you. You can also find out whether there’s an empty space at a station near your destination for you to leave your bike. This is all made possible by incorporating a new global bike share data feed directly into Google Maps, thanks to a partnership with Ito World.
Whether you’re travelling in a new city or planning your daily commute, Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your transportation options with real-time information. Just like how we show you when buses and trains are coming and going in Google Maps, you’ll now know which bikeshare stations have a bike ready for you.
This bird’s eye view into bikesharing is now available in Google Maps on Android and iOS in the following cities globally with more on the way:
Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich