WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Google is partnering with Lime, a scooter company, to include electric bikes and scooters in Google Maps directions.
- Starting with 13 cities, but with more coming soon, Google Maps will find you where the nearest Lime scooter is located.
- The app shows how long it will take to reach the nearest scooter, an estimate for the ride cost and time of the trip.
Google has added a new feature for Google Maps as it teams up with one of the electric scooter companies in the country — Lime.
Now, if you’ve searched for a route on Google Maps and have thought that walking is not an option and other means of transportation won’t do, it can point you to nearby Lime scooters locations as well as Lime bikes and e-bikes, all in the transit tab of the navigation menu.
You can use the app starting today but the service is limited to 13 cities in Australia (Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Brisbane) and the US (Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, San Jose, Scottsdale, and Seattle).
Lime offers services in many cities around the world.
A navigation option will calculate how long it will take for you to walk to the nearest scooter, provide you an estimate of the ride cost and calculate how long the whole trip will take.
According to VentureBeat, tapping on the Lime card will direct you to the Lime app. It will then tell you exactly where the scooter is located and help you unlock the device. If you’re not a Lime customer yet, then Google Maps will direct you to either Google Play or the App Store to download the app first.
Teaming up with Google will give Lime an edge over its competition so it will not come as a surprise if we see a similar partnership with Apple Maps, or if other mobility services join Google Maps.
Uber has also started offering Lime rentals via its app.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company and Alphabet’s Google Ventures are Lime investors. Add to that, Ventures partner Joe Kraus is Lime’s COO and part of the board of directors.