Vernon e-scooter and e-bike rental company Neuron has integrated its platform with Google Maps to help riders easily locate their nearest available transport option.
"Riders can now better plan their journeys in real-time, with information provided as to how long it takes to reach the vehicle, the battery range and expected arrival time at their destination for a seamless multi-modal experience," the company says.
The integration will be available across Neuron’s Canadian cities – Vernon, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Ottawa.
Riders will receive directions to nearby bikes and scooters and get a price estimate based on the selected route. After selecting an e-scooter or e-bike on the map, users will be redirected to the Neuron app for unlocking and payment.
The integration is available to Google Maps users across 25 Neuron cities worldwide, with more to follow later in the year.
According to Neuron rider surveys, 80% of riders in Canada use Neuron e-scooters to visit local businesses and to explore cities, while 62% made a purchase from a local vendor during their most recent trip.
The new integration will help riders to better plan their journeys to work, stores, restaurants, or other local destinations, the company predicts.
Neuron launched in Canada in May 2021 and was founded in Singapore in 2016.
Rider data shows that 46% of trips have directly replaced a car journey, saving an estimated 120 tonnes of CO2 emissions and over 50,000 litres of gasoline.
"By integrating our service with Google Maps, we are making it simpler and more convenient than ever before to make an e-scooter or e-bike part of your journey," says Ankush Karwal, head of market for Neuron in Canada.