Google Maps Adds Lime Cycle Options

Google Maps Adds Lime Cycle Options
Travelers can complete their journey using a scooter, bike, or e-bike thanks to integration with Lime.

(CCM) — Google Maps can now show users options to carry out or complete a journey using Lime scooters, bicycles, or e-bikes, VentureBeat is reporting.

Google is one of Lime's financial backers, so the partnership is not entirely unexpected.

Google Maps users can take advantage of it when navigating a journey by clicking on the transit tab. If a Lime transportation option such as a scooter is available, users will see how long it will take to walk to it, how long the journey using it will take, the approximate cost of using the Lime option, and an estimated arrival time. This will appear under the "Also consider" heading, along with ride sharing options such as Uber and Lyft, in which Google has also invested.

By tapping on the Lime option, users are taken directly to the Lime app, where they can see exactly where the scooter or other vehicle is, and unlock it. (Users who do not already have Lime installed will instead be taken to Apple's App Store or the Google Play store, depending on the type of device they are using).

As of today the Lime integration is available in Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Brisbane (AU), Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, San Jose, Scottsdale, and Seattle. More cities will be available soon, although Google has not yet provided any more details.

Image: © Lime.