Google Maps now displays scooter and e-bike information
Google Maps users can now see if a scooter or e-bike is available, where it is located, its cost and how long their intended journey will take.
Google Maps will begin displaying available Lime vehicles in over 100 cities around the world. On Android devices, users will be able to see if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it will take to walk to the vehicle, a price estimate of the ride, battery range, along with total journey time and ETA in the Google Maps app.
“Whether you’re planning your daily commute or travelling to a new city, Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your transportation options with real-time information,” said Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps. “In addition to showing you the best biking and transit route in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to see if Lime scooters or e-bikes are available, how long the trip will take, and the most efficient route to get there.”
If available, users will see Lime vehicles as an option from their biking, walking and transit tab if they’re traveling a relatively short distance that may also be accessible via bike or scooter. Users can tap on a Lime in the Google Maps app, and Google Maps will show information about the selected vehicle.
“This integration will help people in over 100 cities around the world unlock an even easier way to explore their cities and reduce commute times,” added Li Fan, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering, Lime. “Here at Lime, we believe in the gift of time, and our scooters and e-bikes offer a convenient and fun way of getting around some of the most congested areas in the world. We’re excited that this partnership with Google Maps provides the opportunity for Lime to connect people to their destination faster.”
Google Maps will also show a walking route to the selected Lime vehicle and bicycling route for the rest of the journey in the biking tab.
iOS availability for this feature will launch in late August.