Apple Reveals iOS 9 Maps Transit Data Sources, Business Listings



In a change to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage, Apple revealed an initial list of data providers used to populate the upcoming transit mapping feature in Maps for iOS 9. The webpage also reveals two new aggregators of business listings.

While Apple’s Maps webpage shows a revision date of June 4, 2015, Apple Maps Marketing believes the transit sources are actually new.

Earlier this year, Apple announced that transit directions will initially be available in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington D.C., as well as 30 cities in China. The newly published list of provider gives a closer look at what to expect from transit assets in Canada, the U.S., UK, and Germany. Here’s a list of the Apple Maps transit providers:

  • Berlin transit data © 2014-2015 VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH/CC BY 3.0 DE/Adapted for use in Apple Maps/Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr (All information without guarantee).
  • Berlin transit data from Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH/Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr (All information without guarantee).
  • Germany transit data from Flixbus, a European intercity bus service provider: https://www.flixbus.com
  • London transit data © 2015 ITO World Ltd. All rights reserved. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.
  • MTA and the MTA logo are trademarks of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and used with permission of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  • AirTrain JFK data from 511 NY.
  • Westchester County transit data from 511 NY.
  • Alameda County transit data © 2015 AC Transit/Disclaimer/CCBY 3.0.
  • San Francisco – Bay Area transit data provided by MTC’s 511.org.
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency data reproduced with permission granted by the City and County of San Francisco. The information has been provided by means of a nonexclusive, limited, and revocable license granted by the City and County of San Francisco.
  • Brampton transit data © 2015, The City of Brampton (All rights reserved.) Subject to terms at: http://www.brampton.ca/EN/City-Hall/OpenGov/Open-Data-Catalogue/Pages/Terms-of-Use.aspx.
  • Burlington transit data from the City of Burlington. Subject to terms at: http://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/resources/Initiative Projects/Open_data/TermsOfUse.pdf.
  • Grand River Transit data provided by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo under licence.
  • Guelph Transit data provided by the City of Guelph under an open government license.
  • Hamilton Street Railways public sector data made available under the City of Hamilton’s open data licence.
  • Ontario transit data provided with permission of Metrolinx. Metrolinx makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or currency of the data used herein.
  • MiWay transit data from the City of Mississauga. Subject to terms at: http://www5.mississauga.ca/research_catalogue/CityofMississauga_TermsofUse.pdf.
  • Contains information licensed under the Open Government Licence – Niagara Region http://www.niagararegion.ca/government/opendata/terms-of-use.aspx.
  • Oakville Transit data licensed under the Open Government Licence – Town of Oakville.
  • Toronto Transit data licensed under the Open Government Licence – Toronto.

As for business listings, Apple added data gathered by DAC Group and Position Technologies.

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Apple is expected to release iOS 9 alongside new iPhone models at a special event in September. Aside from the additional transit features, the next-generation operating system features a revamped Notification Center and app switcher, low battery mode, dedicated iCloud Drive app, Wi-Fi calling for AT&T, numerous user interface tweaks, and more.