Apple brings bicycle navigation to Germany
Digital maps have become one of the most important smartphone applications in recent years. Now Apple has updated its Maps app.
In competition with Google and other map providers, Apple is improving its map app in Germany with bike routes and more details in major cities.
The navigation for cyclists is available nationwide, as the iPhone group announced. Google’s map app in Germany already had the function. The detailed city views with lane markings and individual trees will initially be introduced in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. For the functions, Apple has recorded streets with cameras and laser radars in recent years.
Digital maps have become one of the most important smartphone applications in recent years. Apple originally used Google’s map app for its iPhone, but has been competing with the Internet group for more than a decade with its own offering. The maps also play a key role in services like Carplay and Android Auto, with which Apple and Google automakers are competing for space in in-vehicle infotainment systems.
With the update, Apple is also making the function available in more German cities, with which pedestrians can use the iPhone camera to orientate themselves at an intersection and have the route displayed on the screen. After Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich, this is now also possible in Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne, Leipzig and Stuttgart. The function is considered a preview of Apple’s plans for glasses that can, among other things, display route instructions in the user’s field of vision.
Apple to bike navigation