It finally seems as though Apple Maps is beginning to catch up with, and push ahead of Google Maps.
Apple Maps is getting enhanced data for parking spots as Parkopedia today announces a deal to provide Apple with its database of parking services worldwide. That means that Apple Maps is now gaining enhanced data for the 40 million parking spots currently tracked by Parkopedia across 75 countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Apple Maps previously indicated some parking spots with a simple icon, but those listings will now provide more detailed information about the type of parking facility including number of spaces, accessible spaces, payment options, electric charging availability, height limits, and hours of operation.
On top of being able to see Parkopedia data for parking spots in Apple Maps, users will be able to click through to its website or iOS app to view more info on pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability.
Parkopedia told us in the future its data in Apple Maps will also show the cheapest available parking lots.
Apple has not yet officially announced the addition of enhanced parking spot listings in Apple Maps, but it previously added Parkopedia to its list of acknowledgements for Apple Maps data providers. Apple currently works with a number of third-party sources to integrate data for points of interest including TripAdvisor, booking.com, Yellow Pages, Yelp, Acxiom, and many others.
While the new parking data is available to current iOS 9 users in addition to iOS 10 beta users, Apple is also adding a new Parked Car feature to Maps in iOS 10 that proactively remembers where you left your vehicle.
Parkopedia®, the world’s leading parking services provider with more than 40 million parking spots listed, today announced that it is to provide its parking services to Apple Maps.
Apple Map users will be able to view key information about parking garages and lots around the world. In addition, users will have the option to click through to Parkopedia’s website and iOS app to view more detailed information including pricing, user reviews, special offers and real-time space availability. They will also be able to make reservations.
“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.
Commenting on the announcement, Parkopedia’s CEO Eugene Tsyrklevich said “The ability to provide parking services to Apple Maps users around the world helps us reach millions of drivers who want to use technology to arrive at their destinations efficiently and on time.”