Apple Maps — the iPhone manufacturer’s version of Google Maps — will get you out of your car and onto an electric bicycle — or e-bike — for at least one day.
While looking through the app’s code Steve Moser (opens in new tab) found that several lines refer to an “e-bike” and finding optimized routes for this type of vehicle.
It is not clear yet how these routes would be chosen precisely, but we expect the routes to be similar to those optimized for regular cycling – albeit with some more inclines and a preference for road-following over more rugged bike lanes.
The feature’s code has yet to be finalized, indicating that it’s still in its earlier testing stages and not ready for launch yet.
But the code’s existence strongly suggests that Apple is gearing up for e-bikes to become more popular as people ditch their cars for cheaper and more eco-friendly options.
The goal for Apple here could be to integrate e-bike routing with Apple Watch e-bike sensing, meaning any journey started could start an electric bike workout, or vice versa.
An exciting future
The best electric bikes or e-bikes are great for commuting — and they’re great for getting more fun out of your ride overall. They look like a pretty normal bike, but come equipped with an electric battery that can propel you forward if you don’t want to put in a lot of effort.
This motor is especially useful in combination with a folding e-bike; the typically smaller wheels of a folding bike mean you’ll have to put in a little more work to travel that far, but that’s not so much the case with an electric bike.
But as great as e-bikes are – they are much more compact and environmentally friendly than a car – they also cost quite a bit more than a standard two-wheeler.
Our pick for the best e-bike right now, the Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 will set you back $4,000 / £3,900 / AU$5,000 — but there are cheaper alternatives, too.
That said, with the price of gas as high as it is now, it might not be long before an e-bike saves you money on your daily commute.
(through AutoEvolution (opens in new tab)†