Bird launches integration with Google Maps

Bird, the e-scooter and e-bike company, is now integrating with Google maps firstly in America before expanding to other countries.

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Anyone using Google Maps to plan a trip in US cities where Bird operates its scooter sharing scheme will be able to locate where scooters and bikes have been left.  There will also be an approximate trip duration, estimated price, and the environmental impact which one would assume to be negligible especially if the recharging of the batteries is done by renewable energy.

By looking at the options of cars, transit, bikes and walking, individuals will be able to select a variety of modes of transportation, including scooters, for their journey

Having information available through mapping services is the latest in a series of global Mobility-as-a-Service partnerships designed to simplify transport choices including access to micromobility options.

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Bird e-scooters are available for purchase in Australia and they are setting up ride sharing rental schemes.

“As demand for sustainable transportation increases, Bird is committed to meeting this need while simultaneously reducing street traffic in already congested cities and towns,” said Travis VanderZanden, Bird founder and CEO.

People can find Bird e-scooters and e-bikes by planning a trip and tapping on Google Maps for directions that utilize bicycle and micromobility lanes. If an individual selects a Bird e-scooter or e-bike as their desired mode of transportation, Google Maps will direct them to the Bird app by tapping a prominently displayed “Unlock” button at the bottom of the screen. Riders who do not yet have the Bird app are prompted to install it to their device via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

The move follows a similar scheme rolled out by fellow micromobility operator TIER, which made its vehicles visible on Google Maps in various European cities, including Oslo, Berlin, Munich, and Vienna

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto