Apple, Parkopedia Strike Deal To Bring Parking Data To Maps App
Users of Apple’s iPhones and the Apple Maps app will notice an improvement in parking information soon, if they haven’t already, after it was announced that Apple and parking company Parkopedia have struck a deal to bring improved information to the mapping software built into iOS.
While already available to those in the United States, the deal allows users to discover more than 40 million parking spots in 75 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The information available will include location, obviously, as well as detailed data on parking lots such as number of spaces and the payment methods that are accepted.
Further updates will allow users to book slots as well, though that will, for now, require Apple Maps app to push users out to a different app in order to complete the process.
“We’re excited to deliver detailed information on more than 40 million parking spaces in 75 countries to Apple Maps customers. This is a very important milestone for Parkopedia. Our combined footprint in the consumer and automotive space is huge and this opens the doors to delivering a world of innovative solutions,” stated Parkopedia’s Head of Marketing, Christina Onesirosan Martinez.
With the spectre of Google Maps hanging over it, Apple Maps suffered a rocky launch in September of 2012, but it has been receiving steady updates ever since. The latest addition of improved parking data will allow users to find, park and then return to their cars with greater ease, something that Google has already been working on within the Google Maps app – specifically on its own Android-powered devices.
Apple Maps is still regarded as an upstart in the world of mapping apps, but with deals like this one with Parkopedia in the pipeline, it’s obvious that Apple means business. The Apple Maps we use today is lightyears ahead of the Apple Maps that launched three years ago, for example.