Google Maps now shows you where to rent the nearest Lime e-scooter or bicycle in your city
- Google Maps now shows users the nearest Lime bike or scooter in the app
- The app also displays an estimated price, as well as updating the travel time of users
- Google parent company contributed a share of $ 300 in Lime in July
Annie Palmer for Dailymail.com
Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now just as easy as opening Google Maps.
Google said Thursday that it cooperates with the scooter and bike service to include them as transport options in the app.
If you are close to your destination but still too far away to walk, Google offers you the opportunity to rent a Lime scooter or bicycle nearby.
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Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now just as easy as opening Google Maps. Google works with the scooter and bicycle service to show them as transport options
The new feature is being rolled out today in 13 cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, among others.
Cards now tell users where the nearest shared pedal bike, e-bike or scooter is and take into account your travel time in the app.
& # 39; Navigate easily to your destination and tap the icon & # 39; Continue & # 39; to view your options nearby, & # 39; explained Google.
& # 39; If a Lime vehicle is available, you will see how long it takes to get to the car, an estimate of how much your journey may cost and what your total travel time and arrival time are.
The new feature is being rolled out today in 13 cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane
& # 39; By tapping the Lime card, you go directly to the Lime app, where you can see the exact location of the vehicle and easily unlock & # 39 ;, the company went on.
If users do not have the Lime app, they will be redirected to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
In addition to walking and driving, Google Maps also gives users estimates for Lyft and Uber journeys.
It is not surprising that Google works with Lime.
In July, Google parent company Alphabet joined a funding round of $ 300 million for the start of the electric scooter that already included Uber and Google Ventures.
The inclusion of Lime in Google Maps will certainly give the company a head start over competitors like e-scooter provider Bird.
Both companies had been in hot water in the summer.
Lime, together with competing startups Spin and Bird, deployed their scooters in San Francisco without permission in March of this year.
In May, San Francisco imposed requirements on companies that wanted to obtain electric scooter licenses.
The vehicles were previously not regulated in the city, which caused some residents to get angry.
To access the function, users enter their destination in the Maps app and then navigate to the & # 39; Transfer & # 39; icon. If a Lime vehicle is available, Maps displays a price and the travel time is updated
WHAT CITIES DO LIME BICYCLES IN THE MAPS APP?
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Antonio
- San Jose
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Brisbane, Australia
Unlike bike sharing systems, scooters do not have to be deposited within a dock and can simply be left behind anywhere.
Many riders also do not use helmets, which entails safety risks.
Lime was also forced to take some of his electric scooters off the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego and Tahoe after thousands were found to rise in smoke or flames.
The company made the decision after it had been informed in August that there was a problem with the batteries in its scooters.
Lime said the issue came from the batteries of Ninebot, the parent company of Segway.