Google on Tuesday unveiled a fully cool new Google Maps feature that may instantly attraction to customers who depend on bikesharing providers to get around town. Due to a new partnership with Ito World, the brand new Google Maps performance will allow you to discover bikesharing stations around you complete with detailed information rapidly. You’ll see what number of bikes can be found for rental, and whether or not there are any spots open at your destination to drop off your bike. And it’s all happening in real-time.
Bikesharing is a booming business, Google explains in a blog post, with an estimated 1,600 bikesharing systems sand more than 18 million shared bikes in use in urban areas.
Google Maps won’t supply information about all those systems at once. The app is taking things slowly, with 24 major cities in 16 countries getting the feature at first. The list contains 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 and Zurich.
The animation above exhibits the feature in motion in London. All the bikesharing areas near you’re displayed on the map. An info card on the bottom of the screen features a navigation shortcut, which can come in handy if you’re visiting a new city, in addition to a shortcut for calling the bikesharing center if that’s an available option.
The feature will probably be available both on Android and iOS, and you won’t have to do anything to get it.