Apple has started rolling out Apple Maps transit direction for users in Europe as well, after the company originally released a major update for the service in the United States.
While transit features have been around for some time, this new update includes more countries and cities. For example, countries like Spain, France, Germany, and others are now fully covered by Apple Maps, albeit in some cases, the feature doesn’t include all public transportation services.
For example, while France also gets both regional trains and high-speed trains, bus lines aren’t yet available in Munich and Frankfurt.
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One of the biggest changes in the Apple Maps update released in January includes real-time transit information, only available in the United States but supposed to go live elsewhere as well shortly – today’s update for Europe only brings extended coverage for public transportation without any real-time data.
“Real-time transit information gives detailed transit schedules, live departure times, arrival times, the current location of a bus or train en route, and system connections to help plan a journey. Maps also includes important real-time information like outages. Real-time transit is available in many cities across the world including the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles and, starting today, in Miami, with many more cities to come,” Apple said when it announced the new Apple Maps update.
Apple Maps is getting better and better, and given it’s the default navigation apps on iPhones, the chances for users to stick with it and not install Google Maps are obviously increasing as the Cupertino-based tech giant is further polishing it.
One highly-anticipated feature here in Europe, however, concerns the in-car navigation feature powered by CarPlay, which thanks to this new update includes traffic lights and stop signs. Apple is expected to bring this content to the Old Continent later this year.