Earlier in London today Apple laid out its updates to Maps in a briefing. Apple stated that they were expanding the capabilities of its Maps app in Europe to help users charge their electric vehicles or find bike rental hubs. Improving its mapping products has become a key focal point for Apple in its battle with Google. Apple introduced electric vehicle charging points in Maps in the U.S. in December.
According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple has added the locations of the U.K.'s electric vehicle charging stations by incorporating data from Munich-based Cirrantic's Moovility service, which lists re-juicing points for cars made by Tesla and Nissan, among others.
It has also added public bicycle rental and drop-off points to maps of London, New York and Paris in a catch-up to long-time mobile navigation leader Google, which has listed such stations in multiple countries for some time.
Arne Meusel, CEO and co-founder of Cirrantic stated that "We think that consistent, live information of the growing charger infrastructure increases the confidence of EV drivers and, especially with Apple Maps, attracts new user groups to sustainable mobility offerings like EV cars." For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report here.
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