Apple Maps expands detailed coverage internationally, adds cycling & EV data

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in General Discussion edited June 2020
Apple has announced that iOS 14 will add improved Apple Maps for more countries, and is implementing cycling directions, and new city guides revealing places of interest.

The new Guides coming to Apple Maps in iOS 14
The new Guides coming to Apple Maps in iOS 14


Announced at WWDC 2020, Apple Maps in iOS 14 is adding improved details to more countries, including the UK, Ireland, and Canada. New features include dedicated cycle routes, and a guide to places of interest for shopping, eating, and more.

"We have millions of people coming to maps, every day to discover great new places, whether they're planning their next week vacation or just looking for something to eat nearby," said Meg Frost, product design Apple Maps. "[In] iOS 14, the Maps team will be working with some of the world's most trusted brands to offer amazing guides guides for great places to eat shop made friends, or exploring studies around the world."

Apple Maps will let users compile guides from the provided information and save them. "And the best part is that they automatically update when new places are added, so you always have the latest recommendations," said Frost.

The new cycling directions shows cycle paths, bike lanes, and also shows elevation. "You can also see if your route includes quiet, or busy roads will even let you know if you have a steep passage coming up, or if you'll need to carry your bike up the stairs," continued Frost.

Apple Maps in iOS 14 provides more guide detail for eating, and shopping
Apple Maps in iOS 14 provides more guide detail for eating, and shopping


These cycling directions are starting with New York City, LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, plus an unspecified number of cities in China including Shanghai and Beijing.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Finally, something for bicyclists.  Bike routes and bike lanes on AppleMaps will finally allow me to move from Google Maps.
    watto_cobrabeowulfschmidt
  • Reply 2 of 6
    alphamanalphaman Posts: 17member
    Uh, what about EV routing? This isn't just "EV Data", it's intelligent routing to your destination plotting multiple charging waypoints. This is HUGE, especially with CarPlay integration. Can't believe it's (sort of) mentioned in the title but not ONE WORD in the body...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    It will take ages before bike lanes in Europe are fully covered. Apple is really behind Google Maps and specialised bike nav apps.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 826member
    alphaman said:
    Uh, what about EV routing? This isn't just "EV Data", it's intelligent routing to your destination plotting multiple charging waypoints. This is HUGE, especially with CarPlay integration. Can't believe it's (sort of) mentioned in the title but not ONE WORD in the body...
    That should be handy especially if it groups all the charge providers.

    Tesla doesn't have CarPlay integration. Their charge map is pretty good, but really only supports the Supercharge network.

    Cars that use the industry standard CCS (or CHAdeMO) will have more options.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    They’re rolling out reasonable changes slowly. Which is fine. Apple Maps is still my second choice, but I’ll use it.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Finally, something for bicyclists.  Bike routes and bike lanes on AppleMaps will finally allow me to move from Google Maps.
    What you said.  I'm hopeful that they'll be able to roll out more areas reasonably quickly.
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