Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Maps can now show you a new two-wheeled transportation option: Lime’s battery-powered scooters.
Beginning Dec. 13, both Android and iOS versions of Maps will point users to Lime scooters available for rent in 13 cities: Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Antonio, San Jose, Scottsdale, and Seattle. The feature will also work in Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia.
Google announced the news in a blog post that concludes with this cringe-inducing pun: “You can get to that meeting right on Lime.”
This represents both a smart addition for Google, and yet another feature for Apple (AAPL) to match as it continues its effort to reroute its own mapping application. It should also remind everybody of the getting-around scenarios Google Maps still leaves out.
How e-scooters got on the map
Google’s move offers one solution to the app fatigue induced by e-scooters—a category of transportation that might have looked like a curiosity last year, but has become a popular option in some cities for short-range travel.
Scooters typically cost $1 to rent, plus 15 cents for each mile traveled, and can travel upwards of 20 miles per hour. But with each fleet of rental scooters in a city confined to its own app, they can be easy to overlook when using other navigation apps.